Australia will be among the most elite educational system by 2025, according to Prime Minister Julia Gillard as she is scheduled to outline her government's official response on the Gonski Review Monday.
Gillard only ranks second to Rinehart as Australia's most powerful woman, according to Forbes magazine's annual list of 100 most powerful women around the world.
Australian students will be empowered and will lead the way in math, science and reading over the next decade as provided for by the Australian Education Bill, which Labor will push for passage this year at the Parliament, Ms Gillard will say today in Canberra.
That piece of legislation represents "as one of the entitlements of (Australian) citizenship ... and will erect our nation's support for a child's education."
"The Parliament and the people will become accountable to this generation of children and every generation to follow ... and by 2025, I want Australian schools to be back in the top five schooling systems in the world," Ms Gillard will say today before the National Press Club, according to reports by the Australian Financial Review (AFR) on Monday.
Her overall speech centres on Gonski Review's chief recommendation of some $5 billion extra funding for all private and public Australian schools, costs of which will be shouldered both by the national and state governments.
The financial boost will hopefully provide the leg for the country to march into the circle of best performing school systems in the world, in which Australia's most impressive numbers only landed Aussie students at number seven.
Labor will mostly adhere to the Gonski model, with its own flavour largely to ensure that government funding will be spiked progressively and accordingly.
More attention and assistance will also be trained on students who are poor, indigenous, disabled and performing below expectations, giving them enough room to fully-develop their capabilities.
"(This) gift of the Australian people to our children ... strips away all the old debates about private versus public and puts children at the centre of the funding system," Ms Gillard will say.
The new funding scheme will be rolled out in phases starting 2014 and should be in full swing by 2020, according to Ms Gillard, setting the stage for Aussie student to become more competitive by 2025.
Schools Minister Peter Garrett said on Monday that Labor's funding initiative will have to wait for current scheme to expire on 2013, noting too that the major overhaul of the country's school system must be implemented in careful transition.
In an interview with ABC today, Mr Garrett assured that "this is an absolutely serious and achievable goal for us."
The Coalition, however, is highly doubtful of the transition timetable that Labor has set for the program, with Shadow Education Minister Christopher Pyne noting that Ms Gillard should be reminded she and her party will likely be stripped of government power by next year.
"Quite frankly now the Labor Party would be lucky to win the next federal election, let alone the next three federal elections," Mr Pyne was reported by AFR as saying on Monday.
And to begin with, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has earlier declared that the Gonski proposal hardly impressed him, stressing that his party cannot be counted on supporting any legislations that were directly related to its provisions.
Also, Canberra may find it a bit difficult to smoothly settle the funding issue of the program with state and territory governments, analysts said, but according to Fairfax, Ms Gillard is all set to speak in earnest with her local counterparts.
"Ms Gillard today will call on the states to play a part and negotiate in good faith," Fairfax said.
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