Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff has refused to confirm exactly how many Pathway Planners will lose their jobs under his budget cuts to education, instead claiming that Guaranteeing Futures 'is not working".
"Guaranteeing Futures has been a crucial part of delivering a sustained improvement in Tasmania's Direct Retention rates every year since 2008," said Greens Education spokesperson Nick McKim MP.
"The Minister has made it clear that Tasmania's hard working teachers will be forced to take on the work of about 50 people who will be lose their jobs as a result of the Liberals’ extravagant election promises."
"Mr Rockliff is gambling on the future of our young people by abolishing a program that is demonstrably working, and asking teachers to work even harder to pick up the slack."
"This is a direct cost shift onto our schools, and there is no doubt that some teachers will have to drop core teaching duties in order to cover the funding gap caused by the Liberals’ extravagant election promises."
"While there is of course more work to do on post year 10 retention, the job has just got a whole lot harder with the loss of 50 positions specifically and successfully working to improve post year 10 retention," Mr McKim said.