Teachers protest staffing changes

Teachers protest staffing changes

Public school teachers in the Northern Rivers and across the state will stop work for up to two hours next Tuesday, April 8, to express their concern over proposed changes to how schools are staffed.

A statewide meeting of teachers, organised by the NSW Teachers Federation, via a satellite television link-up, will outline concerns over the impact of the changes.

Teachers fear the new system will entrench disadvantage for public school students in hard-to-staff areas.

A Kyogle Teachers Association spokesperson said, under the changes, all appointments to schools would have to be approved by regional bureaucrats who will have the power to override schools selection decisions.

Parents and teachers in local schools will be disenfranchised in (Education Minister) Mr Della Boscas brave new world currently teachers and parents elect a representative for each selection panel. This wont be the case if Mr Della Bosca prevails, the spokesperson said.

Our local principals are already overworked. The additional demands upon their time with numerous selection panels will take away from their role as educational leaders.


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