Teachers protest over cuts

Union representatives, teachers, school staff and parents outside Wanneroo MP Paul Miles’ Wanneroo office where they protested against cuts to education funding.
Union representatives, teachers, school staff and parents outside Wanneroo MP Paul Miles’ Wanneroo office where they protested against cuts to education funding.

The series of cake stalls, erected at MP electoral offices around WA, were used to bring attention to schools battling State Government cuts to education.

Representatives from the State School Teachers’ Union, United Voice and CPSU/CSA as well as local teachers and staff attended.

‘When he (Paul Miles) first became a member he was all supportive of public education and he wrote a letter to the Premier but on this he’s been really silent,’ Tapping primary teacher Lincoln Rose said. ‘He’s not here, and we feel he needs to be having a word with the Premier and Education Minister about those cuts and reversing those cuts.’

The SSTU reported that funding for special programs would also be slashed by a third.

Mr Rose said Tapping primary would lose their gifted students program under the cuts.

‘I had two kids in my class this year out of 29 who had particular needs; there’s no chance for those kids, with kids with dyslexia or English as a second language’