Stalls raise awareness

Protesters outside Nathan Morton’s High Wycombe office.
Protesters outside Nathan Morton’s High Wycombe office.

Education unions, including the State School Teachers’ Union, United Voice and CPSU/CSA will hold further cake stalls at the offices to show schools are struggling under the weight of the government’s cuts.

Schools were being forced to take money out of their budgets to cover long service leave entitlements, which for some could add up to $80,000 a year.

The funding for special programs was also being slashed by a third, the unions claimed.

Union president Anne Gisborne said the Darling Range Sports College was losing five teaching positions, about $46,000 in long-service leave levies and about $70,000 in support funding.

Ms Gisborne said schools were going to have to increase fundraising to try to ensure students still received a quality education.

‘The humble lamington drive has been a staple of school fundraising for years, only now the money raised will have to be used to pay long-service leave entitlements and to keep some special programs running for students,’ Ms Gisborne said.

‘The Barnett Government refuses to be transparent about how many staff each school is losing and the extent of cuts in funding, so we have to collect that information ourselves.’

Mr Morton declined to comment on the stall.