NSW school staffing crisis hits Howlong Public School

Teachers Federation members at Howlong Public School near Albury have walked off the job over the negative impact the state-wide teacher shortage is having on their school.

NSW Teachers Federation Deputy President Henry Rajendra said staff walked out in frustration at the teacher shortages affecting most public schools in NSW.

“Since the beginning of the year, Howlong Public School has been unable to find a casual teacher on 30 occasions which has meant major disruptions for students and teachers,” Mr Rajendra said.

“As a result, classes have been split up among remaining classes, or specialist teachers and executives have been pulled from their roles to manage classes.”

“This has had significant impact on the school’s ability to deliver consistent learning outcomes and learning support for students.”

“Staff at Howlong Public School are calling on the NSW Government to take steps to rectify critical staff shortages currently facing public schools.”

“They are no longer willing to compromise the learning outcomes of their students due to staffing shortages.”

Mr Rajendra said the Gallop Inquiry into the work of teachers found earlier this year that uncompetitive salaries for teachers and unsustainable workloads are leading to teacher shortages.”

“The workloads of teachers have increased every year, but their salaries have fallen every year compared to other professions.”

“You can’t fix the shortages without fixing the wages and workload problem.”

“If we don’t pay teachers what they are worth, we won’t get the teachers we need.”