THE state government has announced the biggest cut to education in 20 years, a move expected to affect all school students.
Last week NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced a $1.7 billion cut in funding for public, Catholic and independent schools and TAFE institutions.
Almost 1800 school teachers, TAFE teachers and support staff will lose their jobs, while TAFE fees will increase by 9.5 per cent and government subsidisation of some courses will cease.
The Hunter’s federal Labor MPs Joel Fitzgibbon, Jill Hall, Greg Combet and Sharon Grierson have condemned the decision.
In a statement, they said it would lead to less teachers, textbooks, computers and support staff in schools, meaning students could face bigger class sizes, increased school fees and a drop in teaching standards.
The NSW Teachers Federation has labelled the state government a “disgrace”.
The federation said school teachers in classrooms would “apparently” be left alone for now, but teachers providing essential support in curriculum and other areas were under threat.
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