BRISBANE, Nov 10 - Palaszczuk visited Everton Park State High School in LNP member Tim Mander's electorate on Friday where she announced $308 million in funding to build new schools at Yarrabilba, Ripley Valley (Primary and Secondary), Caboolture, Coomera and North Lakes.
"This is important [we build schools] to cater for the growth in these areas," she said.
Another 17 existing schools - including some in Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns and Toowoomba - would share in an additional $235 million to improve facilities.
The new schools would be open to students by 2021, with some due to open earlier, and priority on construction given to areas experiencing the most residential growth.
Palaszczuk accused Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls of inadequately maintaining schools while treasurer under Campbell Newman, leaving behind $260 million in critical maintenance that Labor had since reduced by more than $100 million.
"When Tim Nicholls was the treasurer of this state, they earmarked a whole list of schools they wanted to close," she said, referring to schools in Toowoomba and Fortitude Valley.
"Only a Labor government will continue to invest in schools."
Nicholls said the suggestion the LNP had closed schools and sacked teachers was "complete rubbish".
"I mean it was Labor who closed schools, including the Pinkenba State School in my electorate the term before we were elected," he said.
Nicholls said when the LNP was in government it hired 760 new teachers and aides, increased the education budget and dealt with a backlog in maintenance.
"We built 10 new schools and here in Toowoomba as a result of [Toowoomba North MP] Trevor Watts' hard work, we delivered the Highfields State High School that [Health Minister] Cameron Dick didn't want to deliver," he said.
Education Minster Kate Jones said an additional four new schoolswere due to open next year, while negotiations to secure sites for the other six facilities were ongoing.
"This includes a new high school on the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Yarrabilba and Townsville," she said.