NSW school staffing crisis hits Sawtell Public School

Teachers Federation members at Sawtell Public School 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.

“Sawtell Public School, like many schools around the state, is having difficulty finding casual teachers to cover classes for colleagues on leave,” Mr Rajendra said.

“Our members are calling on the NSW Government to take steps to rectify critical staff shortages currently facing public schools.”

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.”