The Government is set to roll out a free tertiary education scheme on June 30, 2018, with more than 30 new government-funded schools across NSW to open in the next 12 months.
The new National School and College for Women and Girls (NSW) and the National Women’s College and Technical Training (NSWFCT) will be opened in Sydney and Brisbane on June 25 and June 27 respectively.
The Government has earmarked $10 million over five years to build the schools in Sydney.NSW Minister for Education and Skills Simon Corbell said the announcement would “help women across the country who are struggling to get on their feet”.
“This is a significant step forward in achieving the goal of getting women to tertiary institutions and in ensuring they have the education and skills they need to get into the workplace and get ahead in life,” Mr Corbell told The Sydney Morning Herald.”NSW is now offering the opportunity for young women to take part in the new National Schools and College programme and access a tertiary educational pathway that is supported by the Government.”
The scheme will see up to 150 women and girls enrolled in one of the new schools and will be open to anyone, regardless of their background or ability to pay.
The Government will be using a pilot programme that was rolled out in Sydney, which was successful in making more than 100,000 students attend their first post-secondary education.
The NSW government will spend $20 million over three years to fund the program, with $1.5 million from the NSW Government Pension Fund and $1 million from State Government.
The program is funded by a mix of state and federal government funding, with a further $10.5 m for infrastructure.
The State Government’s plan is to pay $15,000 for each child enrolled in the program.