Crisis meetings over state of TAFE in WA
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.