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Liberia: Teacher union provides educators with vital personal protective equipment

The National Teachers’ Association of Liberia (NTAL) donated US$2292 in personal protective equipment for education workers to fight COVID-19. It has also donated items such as buckets, cleaning products, sanitisers and soaps, to district education officers and institutions in the Montserrado and Margibi counties.

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SSP and IEC teachers addressing additional complications to provide remote learning

Teachers in Schools for Special Purposes and Intensive English Centres are working with a unique set of challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic as they strive to provide educational continuity for students with special needs and English as an additional language or dialect requirements.

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Governments must improve COVID-19 communications to CALD communities

Federation has joined with several community groups appealing for governments to effectively report COVID-19 directives to people with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

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TAFE is up to the task

TAFE is part of the NSW Government’s strategy to rebound from the economic slump that has accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic — offering 21 fee-free, accredited, online TAFE short courses to reskill job seekers and workers.

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Governments try to dishonour their obligations during pandemic

In large parts of the world, teachers and education support personnel are not being paid salaries and receiving benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Education International.

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How schools are scrubbing up

With best-practice hygiene measures important during the Coronavirus pandemic, school cleaners at the very forefront of the battle against the spread of the virus in schools have secured significant guarantees from the NSW Government to maintain their vital work.

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Cleaners rewarded for extra elbow grease

Their job is rated as more hazardous than those in the construction and mining industry*, so when it became evident the Coronavirus had reached our shores NSW’s school cleaners knew they were on the front line.

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OECD: Technology divide exposed

The OECD is assessing the impact of technology on students and their learning outcomes as millions of schools close in more than 140 countries to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Lebanon: refugees and the COVID-19 pandemic

School closures in Lebanon have affected more than 1.3 million students at all levels affecting large numbers of refugees who are most at risk during the pandemic.

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Somalia: Education union seeks guarantee of teachers’ salaries during COVID-19 school closures

While all schools in Somalia have been closed, the Somali National Union of Teachers is actively working to ensure that teachers, particularly those working in private educational settings, will continue to receive their salaries.

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TAFE lessons halted; teachers to prepare for new delivery modes

​TAFE NSW has suspended training and educational delivery from Monday, 30 March, until the start of term 2 in response to the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Media release: Normal school operations must end to put the health and safety of students and staff first

The NSW Teachers Federation Executive met this morning and unanimously endorsed the following:

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24 hours: Federation in action

At the height of government-fuelled confusion over the operation of schools as COVID-19 spiked in NSW, Federation was able achieve some clarity in the interest of all our members’ health and safety.

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Normal school operations must end

Federation has today called on the Government to stop delaying the inevitable and put the health and safety of students and staff first during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Media release: Teachers and principals are not dispensable

The NSW Teachers Federation Executive met today and unanimously endorsed the following:

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Teachers and principals are not dispensable

In light of contradictory health advice from the Prime Minister last night and the failure of the NSW Premier to provide an unequivocal decision on schools, Federation regards the situation “a recipe for chaos”.

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Media release: Coronavirus advice conflicting, contradictory and impossible

Schools must be given clear advice on action to be taken in the event that health protocols necessary to control the spread of COVID-19 cannot be implemented.

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Advice for schools ‘conflicting, contradictory and impossible’

As teachers and principals are being required to shoulder considerable responsibility with respect to the health of students and the broader community during the COVID-19 outbreak, Federation has demanded clear advice from state and federal governments.

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Stay calm and informed of advice

Federation is aware, through evidence from members, of racism and unacceptable actions by some students and community members towards certain ethnic groups as the COVID-19 epidemic moves into its third month.

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Racism is a virus – there’s an antidote

As a union of educators, all Federation members have the responsibility to organise, oppose, act and educate against racism in all its forms.

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Schools update for coronavirus

Federation is aware of community concerns about the confirmation of novel coronavirus cases in NSW but has confidence in the guidelines and procedures for managing the situation set out by Australian governments and the health authorities.

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