DIANELLA Primary College will be among the first schools to benefit from a State Government roll-out of education assistants in 2018.
The college will gain 2.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) or 81.25 extra hours a week of teaching assistants to support early childhood education for 150 students from kindergarten to Year 2.
Nollamara Primary School will also benefit with an extra 1.2 FTE or 39 extra hours a week of teaching assistants to support 141 students from kindergarten to Year 2.
The three-year roll-out is part of a pre-election promise by Labor which will see 238 primary and district high schools receive funding to employ education assistants.
Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson said hundreds of assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers were lost across the system due to the past government’s funding cuts.
State School Teachers Union of WA vice president Samantha Schofield said the union welcomed the move, which served as a “stepping stone” to rectify more than $300 million in funding cuts over the past four years.
“While this move will certainly ease some of the burden schools are facing in terms of providing support in classrooms, it is only a start,” she said.
“Since 2013, we have seen an extra 20,000 students enrolled in public schools, yet the overall education budget in this state has decreased.”
Ms Schofield said the union urged the State Government to fulfil its other education commitments including reinstating 0.1FTE time for all Level 3 classroom teachers.
She said funding for literacy and numeracy specialists and reducing class sizes was needed to ensure each child was able to reach their potential.