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Education Minister Needs to Find Compassion for Vulnerable Children

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Thursday, 20 August 2015

Tags: Education, Teachers, Disability, Public Service

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokesperson

Education Minister Rockliff today wouldn’t rule out implementing the remaining recommendations of the Ministerial Taskforce he established, but wouldn’t commit to it either.

We have seen yet another example of the Liberal government leaving Tasmanian's vulnerable children behind, with inept Ministers struggling to cope.

Government Departments are having staff gutted from them, with the Department of Education losing an alarming 251 FTEs, including 158 teachers.

At the 2014 election, 60% of parents of children living with disability were dissatisfied with their child’s education.  Just over a year under the Hodgman Liberal Government, and despite all their promises, we now see 91% of teachers have lost faith in the system.

Minister Rockliff should show compassion for these children, their families and their teachers by telling us one way or the other whether he will be implementing his Taskforce's recommendations. 

The first important step the Minister can take to improve the education of children with disabilities is to restore teacher numbers in our schools.