Teachers face cruellest cut

Teachers protesting against planned State Government cuts to the education sector. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d407209
Teachers protesting against planned State Government cuts to the education sector. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d407209

The teachers will be redeployed and the college unable to employ fixed term staff for 2014 as part of controversial school reforms.

A board meeting on Tuesday evening discussed the cuts and agreed to email parents today, explaining the range and number of courses affected.

‘We were not expecting these changes,’ chairwoman Barbara Molloy said later.

‘The hard part is that the Education Minister is an ex-teacher; it’s unbelievable that these changes are allowed.’

The board represents Creaney, Halidon, Woodvale and North Woodvale primary schools, which are also set to lose teachers.

‘Upper school classes could have both years 11 and 12 students with one teacher ” this is not acceptable,’ Mrs Molloy said.

‘Our cluster (primary) schools are also losing staff, which will have a dramatic impact on classes with bigger classroom sizes.’

The board will express its concerns to Cowan MHR Luke Simpkins, Kingsley MLA Andrea Mitchell, Education Minister Peter Collier and Opposition education spokeswoman Sue Ellery. Parents will be encouraged to write letters as well.

‘This is Government blundering, they’re cost cutting, saving money and the cost is our children’s future,’ Mrs Molloy said.

Education Department director-general Sharyn O’Neill confirmed no permanent teachers would lose jobs but that some teachers could be redeployed to other positions in their schools or nearby schools.

‘In 2014, schools will be required to use allocated resources more efficiently,’ Ms O’Neill said. ‘All schools will be affected by this change’