Teaching positions secure, says Aplin
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.