Bush push: Incentives for teachers to move regional and rural

SCHOOL teachers will be offered financial incentives to go bush in a push by the state government to recruit the best for regional towns. 

Teachers will be lured with $50,000 to encourage them to relocate from metropolitan to regional and rural, announced by Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Education James Merlino last week. 

Minister for Education James Merlino.

Minister for Education James Merlino.

The incentive is part of an $82.8 million package to bridge the gap divide between country and city schools.

Swan Hill College principal Andrew Sartori said he recently attended a panel in Mildura addressing the issue.

"We were talking about results from rural and regional schools compared to metropolitan schools and the problem of getting staff to the country," Mr Sartori said.

"We spoke about a range of things like money incentives, teacher housing and the need to get people to the country and showing them what the country experience is like.

"I think country schools have a lot to offer but we just need to get them here first."

Mr Sartori said another factor was keeping the educators in those towns.

"Some people will come and see the country life and stay," he said.

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