Par­ties com­mit to more teach­ers

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - EMMA DAVIES

THE State Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment is the only party not com­mit­ted to boost­ing ed­u­ca­tor num­bers ahead of the State elec­tion on 3 March, ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Ed­u­ca­tion Union (AEU).

The La­bor Party, the Greens and the Jac­qui Lam­bie Net­work have all backed AEU’S ‘Qual­ity Ed­u­ca­tion for all’ cam­paign to boost over­all ed­u­ca­tor num­bers.

“Three po­lit­i­cal par­ties have all com­mit­ted to sig­nif­i­cantly boost­ing ed­u­ca­tor num­bers while the Lib­er­als have been silent,” AEU Tas­ma­nian pres­i­dent He­len Richard­son said.

“All par­ties must com­mit to de­liv­er­ing ad­di­tional re­sources and staff to our schools, colleges and TAFES so ev­ery child gets the op­por­tu­nity to have a great ed­u­ca­tion.”

“Prop­erly re­sourc­ing ed­u­ca­tion should be a pri­or­ity for all politi­cians in the lead-up to this elec­tion,” she said.

A ma­jor­ity La­bor Gov­ern­ment would de­liver $63 mil­lion in fund­ing to pro­vide Tas­ma­nian schools with more than 300 new teach­ers and ed­u­ca­tion sup­port staff.

La­bor in­tends to em­ploy 201 teach­ers and 107 sup­port staff over the four years of the $63 school staffing pack­age.

“We know that our teach­ers are stretched to break­ing point and we can­not hope to get the best from them or for our stu­dents with­out pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity to al­low them the time they need to teach,”

“We know that our teach­ers are stretched to break­ing point and we can­not hope to get the best from them or for our stu­dents with­out pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity to al­low them the time they need to teach.”

La­bor Leader Re­becca White said.

A re-elected Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment promised to roll out Grade 12 to all state schools by 2022.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Jeremy Rock­liff cited the re­lease of the Ed­u­ca­tion Re­port on Gov­ern­ment Ser­vices (ROGS) as con­fir­ma­tion that the Govern­ments Year 11 and 12 High School ex­ten­sion pro­gram was work­ing.

“While we have made great progress with our Year 11 and 12 high school ex­ten­sions, we will push for even more im­prove­ments with a tar­get of in­creas­ing the re­ten­tion rate of Year 10-12 stu­dents to at or above the na­tional av­er­age by 2022, and to have 75 per cent of all stu­dents in Year 12 com­plete their TCE by 2022,” he said.

Tas­ma­nian teach­ers sup­port­ing the AEU’S Qual­ity Ed­u­ca­tion for all cam­paign.

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