Cri­sis meet­ings over state of TAFE in WA

Pilbara News - - Education -

A se­ries of cri­sis meet­ings about the TAFE sys­tem will be held across the State, in­clud­ing the Pil­bara, in the com­ing months.

The State School Teach­ers’ Union be­lieves the sys­tem is un­der threat af­ter bud­get cuts, raised fees and de­clin­ing en­rol­ments.

SSTUWA vice-pres­i­dent Sa­man­tha Schofield they wanted to get out and talk di­rectly to staff, stu­dents, par­ents and the com­mu­nity. “We have seen more than $110 mil­lion dol­lars pulled out of the train­ing sec­tor over the past three years, and we have seen fee rises of more than 600 per cent in some cour­ses over two years,” she said.

“This has led to stu­dent en­rol­ments plum­met­ing by al­most 9000 be­tween 2013 and 2014 and ac­cord­ing to our mem­bers, en­rol­ments are con­tin­u­ing to fall.”

Miss Schofield said TAFEs were im­por­tant in re­gional ar­eas where it was some­times the only op­tion for fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion af­ter sec­ondary school.

“We have re­peat­edly called for the State Gov­ern­ment to re­store the fund­ing to TAFE and it needs to start lis­ten­ing if it wants a well-trained work­force in this State,” she said.

A fo­rum on the Pil­bara In­sti­tute will be held at the Tam­brey Tav­ern on De­cem­ber 3 at 4pm.

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