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Liberal Government Must Restore Teacher Numbers

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Tags: Education, Teachers, Early Learning, Gonski, Speech Pathology

That the House:—

(1)           Notes that:—

(a)           the Liberal Government is embarking on once in a generation changes to the ‘Education Act’ which requires students to be engaged from 4½ until 18 years of age;

(b)           21% of students are not ready for school at the commencement of their first school year in Tasmania;

(c)           social workers, speech pathologists and psychologists are all required to assist early learning teachers equip young Tasmanians from disadvantaged backgrounds for meaningful educational outcomes;

(d)           Pathway Planners become increasingly important as Tasmanian students are challenged to reach higher educational attainment than previous generations;

(e)           the My Education website has not been tailored to the Tasmanian experience and will require significant adjustment if it is to function in place of experienced Pathway Planners in breaking intergenerational disengagement from education;

(f)            the jobs of tomorrow are still being imagined, but that we know teaching the skills to imagine them will require some educators to undertake professional development;

(g)           Tasmania’s teacher numbers have not been restored to 2014 levels, with the education system still being 130 teaches short, challenging teachers to deliver results with less resources; and

(h)           funding the full Gonski measures demands that resources are able to be traced through the school gate to the classrooms on to students which have been identified as having the greatest need.

(2)           Calls on the Hodgman Liberal Government to use its purported budget surplus and to immediately deliver teachers back into the education system to provide Tasmania’s students with adequate human resources to enable them to have a successful education.