'World-class education': Government's $13.8 billion promise
"EVERY Queensland child will get a great start through a world-class education, no matter where they live."
This is the Palaszczuk Government's commitment to Queensland families according to Education minister Grace Grace.
A record $13.8 billion was allocated for education in the 2019/20 state budget, an increase of 6.1 per cent from last year.
"This investment in more teachers has assisted us in meeting our class size targets," she said.
The student to teacher ratios for Queensland classrooms are determined by the day eight enrolments at the start of the school year.
School resources are adjusted to achieve the established class size targets of 25 students per class in Prep to Year 3 and years 11 and 12, and 28 students per class in years 4 to 10.
The student to teacher ratios across the South Burnett are significantly lower than these established class sizes, with the region's highest ratio of 17 students per teacher at Taabinga State School.
"Principals make local decisions about the best ways to allocate teaching resources in their schools," Ms Grace said.
In 2018, 93 per cent of state primary school classes and 97 per cent of state secondary classes met or were better than class size targets.
The majority of classes which exceeded this target were only over by one or two students.
"The proportion of classes that met or were better than class size targets has increased each year since 2015 when 88 per cent of primary school classes met or were better than the targets," Ms Grace said.
With a growth in school enrolments, it is important for funding to be allocated for additional teachers.
"Not only have additional teachers been employed to cover for the continued growth in enrolments, the Palaszczuk Government has employed 875 teachers above growth," she said.
"Included in this budget allocation is funding for an additional 1000 teachers, as part of the government commitment to employ an extra 3700 teachers over four years," Ms Grace said.
More than 4800 additional teachers have been employed since 2015.
The 2019/20 budget also included funding for 200 extra teacher aides, after more than 1500 additional teacher aides were employed since 2015.
"The Palaszczuk Government is also investing in the new and enhanced classrooms our schools need to cater for enrolment growth," Ms Grace said.
The Queensland Government has delivered 13 new schools since 2015.
"There are now some 2000 additional classrooms in use in schools across Queensland," she said.
Eight new schools are expected to be delivered in 2020 and a further five in 2021, after this year's budget included $1.5 billion for school infrastructure.
Schools also receive funding under the Queensland Government's $264 million Investing for Success initiative.
"This provides schools with the flexibility to employ additional teachers and support staff to enhance teaching and learning programs to meet local needs," Ms Grace said.