Teach­ing po­si­tions se­cure, says Aplin

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

Fall­ing en­rol­ments in drought-af­fected ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties will not im­pact teacher num­bers at their lo­cal pub­lic schools.

That is the prom­ise be­ing made by Mem­ber for Al­bury Greg Aplin and the NSW Gov­ern­ment as the grip of the drought tight­ens.

Mr Aplin said the drought has al­ready forced fam­i­lies from lo­cal ar­eas to re­lo­cate, caus­ing a de­cline in stu­dent num­bers.

‘‘We are aware of how tough the drought has been on fam­i­lies in the western re­gion of the elec­torate and we are do­ing every­thing we can to ease its im­pact,’’ he said.

More than 220 schools in iso­lated ar­eas suf­fer­ing from in­tense drought con­di­tions across NSW will be guar­an­teed their staffing en­ti­tle­ments in 2019, with a fur­ther 35 schools on the bor­der of drought-af­fected ar­eas also able to ap­ply for the con­ces­sion.

Mr Aplin said in his elec­torate this in­cludes Jer­ilderie Pub­lic School, Sav­er­nake Pub­lic School, Urana Pub­lic School, Boree Creek Pub­lic School and Oak­lands Cen­tral School.

He said staffing en­ti­tle­ments at the im­pacted schools next year would have dropped by about 100 across the state with­out this im­por­tant in­ter­ven­tion.

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