AusBN - The government of New South Wales (NSW) has committed AUS$4.2 billion to building new public schools and upgrading existing facilities across the state.
Over the next four years, the government will commence building or upgrading over 123 schools, while completing work on a further 33.
In total, 1,500 new classrooms and 32,000 new student places will result from the investment into public education.
The increased funding for education comes after the Department of Education predicted that by 2031, NSW would need 164,000 public school places to meet demand.
Education Minister Rob Stokes said the funding will be spent over the ‘length and breadth’ of the state.
“We are a government that now has the budget position where we can provide the infrastructure that has been needed for a long time. It's a very ambitious target but we have to meet it,” said Stokes.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said education and health would be the biggest winners in the imminent state budget.