To: NSW Teachers Federation Members
Officers, Consultants and Advisers Association (OCAA)
Please see below statements released by the Federation via our website www.nswtf.org.au on Wednesday 7 Nov and Thursday 8 Nov in response to the abolition of regional support positions. I have also attached further media from today 9 Nov 2012. The Federation opposes the cuts and is calling on all members to participate in the ‘feedback’ process.
OCAA members are aware that the Department also chose Tuesday 6 Nov, the same day they released the ‘new model’ job cuts, to provide letters to hundreds of state office schools portfolio officers regarding their individual positions. As a result the Federation has also been pursuing a number of related matters this week. I will be providing emails to OCAA members regarding the state office placement process and the regional feedback process shortly, pending final responses from the Department.
The Federation will continue to vigorously pursue matters for members in non school based teaching service positions and to work with teachers and the community to defend public education from the ongoing state government cuts.
NSW Teachers Federation
Education Department cuts support for schools
7 November 2012
The NSW Department of Education and Communities yesterday announced a state-wide restructure with further cuts to 300 teaching and administrative support positions.
NSW Teachers Federation President, Maurie Mulheron, said:
“Unfortunately for students and staff in our public schools, the state government’s cuts continue. Despite statements by Education Minister Piccoli that so-called front-line services won’t be affected, these cuts include positions held by qualified teachers who are leaders and experts in their professional fields.
“At a time when there is a new Australian Curriculum to be implemented, when schools are calling for greater professional support, the removal of expert subject specialists is appalling.
“It appears that regional areas will be hit the hardest, with not one curriculum specialist in English, Maths, Science, History or any other secondary or primary subject area left in a location outside Sydney. Indeed, there will be only one primary and one secondary specialist adviser in each curriculum area left for the entire state.
“With more than three quarters of a million students and over 50,000 teachers depending on such support, these cuts are grossly unfair and counterproductive.
“These cuts highlight the importance of supporting the Community Day of Action organised for 11 am on Sunday 18 November at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour, Sydney. Similar events are being organised for regional venues all around the state, with details available on www.puttingstudentsfirst.org.au
“At these events, parents, students, teachers, principals and community members will gather to call for a reversal of the cuts to public schools and TAFE colleges. With the news that an extra $1 billion has been found in the NSW Government’s budget through the identification of budgetary ‘errors’, it is clear that these cuts can be reversed and support maintained for students.”
Education cuts in the media
8 November 2012
Cuts by the Department of Education and Communities of 300 positions that provide support to schools across the state have attracted media attention, despite attempts by the government to use the Melbourne Cup as a distraction.
Maralyn Parker said in the Daily Telegraph, “This is a massive culling of public school support for economic reasons that no longer exist, at a time when new levels of responsibility are being foisted on their principals and teachers.”
A story in the Newcastle Herald describes the impact of the cuts on public schools in the Hunter Valley.
The Illawarra Mercury discloses plans for the creation of a “super region” extending from Helensburgh to Eden along the coast, and west to Deniliquin, Griffith and Albury.
The Daily Advertiser in Wagga Wagga also describes the proposed “group four” replacing the existing Illawarra and South East region.