Students in the Gordonvale area will have access to better counselling and jobs advice following Labor’s guidance officer guarantee for schools with more than 500 high school students.

State Member for Mulgrave, Curtis Pitt, said the program would lead to one full time guidance officer in Gordonvale State High School where there is currently only a part time guidance officer.

“This is part of our commitment to deliver 45 extra guidance officer positions over three years to ensure more students get the support they need,” Mr Pitt said.

“In Mulgrave it means students at Gordonvale State High School will have access to a guidance officer five days a week to help with career advice and other counselling services.

“Labor’s plan to invest $9 million over three years is an investment in the future of Queensland students and a step towards having students job-ready and able to get the most out of their education.

“Guidance officers will be able to help students with future job prospects, study options and study plans and emotional issues.”

Mr Pitt said the Newman Government had neglected Queensland’s education system.

“Queensland now spends $203 less per high school student than in 2012 and $1770 less on every student with a disability according to its own published figures,” he said.

“This has increased the pressure on our classroom teachers and on Queensland students.

“The LNP’s decision to bundle funding for guidance officers, literacy and numeracy teachers and teachers of English as a second language has forced some schools to choose between employing a guidance officer or a specialist teacher.”