Class sizes to increase, teaching jobs at risk under Berejiklian plan

first_imgClass sizes to increase, teaching jobs at risk under Berejiklian plan TFEDClassroom teachers, executive, specialist and principal positions are at risk due to the Berejiklian Government’s decision to push ahead with public school closures in the Murwillumbah community.Teachers and principals are concerned that the Government’s policy of amalgamating schools in regional areas will cost jobs, drive up class sizes and reduce subject choice for students.NSW Teachers Federation Deputy President Henry Rajendra said this is further evidence that the NSW Government’s recently announced plan for Murwillumbah is bad for students and their learning.“This is policy on the run which will have a devastating impact on the local community,” Mr Rajendra said.“It appears the Government has not considered the impact on student learning. The Berejiklian Government is leaning towards economic rationalism over educational reasoning.”The Department of Education’s project website claims, ‘There will be no change to standard, maximum student to staff ratios and class sizes will be consistent with NSW Department of Education guidelines and maximum size limits.’“This is nothing more than spin and a concerted effort to con the community. Cutting this many teaching positions will result in larger class sizes,” Mr Rajendra said.“An examination of the staffing impact on amalgamating the schools on current enrolments reveals that primary school provision will, as a minimum, lose a classroom teacher, up to two assistant principal positions and a principal position and a reduction in teacher-librarian staffing.”“The situation is far worse for high school staffing. On current enrolments, it is predicted that at least 16 positions, 20 per cent of the teacher staffing entitlement, will be cut including classroom, head teacher, teacher-librarian, careers adviser and principal positions.”“Ultimately, this will narrow the curriculum, leave students with fewer subjects to consider, increase class sizes and the workload of teachers.“In what continues to be a difficult year for NSW residents and the Murwillumbah community, the NSW Government is now effectively announcing job losses by stealth inflicting more pain on schools, students, teachers and the local economy.”“Public school teachers are already working in an under-resourced system at the hands of the Berejiklian Government. This is nothing more than a disingenuous and mean-spirited act of negligence”.“The NSW Teachers Federation is concerned that this contraction of public schooling is not limited to Murwillumbah. The government has claimed that the Murwillumbah project is, ‘the first of its kind for regional NSW’.”“While we will continue to protect and enhance the provision of public schooling in Murwillumbah, we must brace ourselves /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Berejiklian, community, Economy, education, Government, Impact, job loss, jobs, Murwillumbah, NSW, President, project, school, students, teacher, websitelast_img read more