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School Year Begins in Confusion


Nick Mckim

Nick Mckim  -  Thursday, 5 February 2015

Tags: Public Schools

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff is in denial about the concerns held by parents and teachers over his cuts to Tasmania’s public education system.

This is day one of what will undoubtedly be a tough year for public schools under Mr Rockliff’s savage funding cuts, for which he has absolutely no mandate,” said Greens Education spokesperson Nick McKim MP.

It beggars belief that Mr Rockliff would deny on ABC radio this morning that some parents are facing this school year with trepidation due to his cuts.

He is clearly not listening to parents and is out of touch with their concerns.

The Minister is planning to sack hundreds of teachers and teacher assistants from our government schools, which will significantly increase pressure on remaining teachers and support staff, while at the same time he is trying to claim that this will not have an impact on educational outcomes. He is clearly in denial.

What he actually should be doing is increasing support for teachers and school leaders, returning the funding to schools that he cut with no mandate, and listening to teachers and parents instead of his spin doctors, Mr McKim said.