NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli and teachers union chief Maurie Mulheron are accusing each other of deliberately lying and misleading the public over job cuts.
The mud slinging match began when the Teachers Federation took out a full-page advertisement in a Sydney newspaper claiming the State Government planned to slash 1000 more public school jobs.
Mr Piccoli called on the union to apologise for "lying to the NSW public" and said the government had employed 500 extra teachers since the 2011 election and would invest at least $53.5billion into education over the next four years.
Mr Mulheron said the minister needed to "read his own department reports" which suggest, among other things, that "over the next four years the department will need to reduce its staff numbers by around 1800".
"Mr Piccoli does himself no credit at all by denying what his government is doing," Mr Mulheron said.
"Instead, he should be standing with public school communities and advocating on their behalf that these cuts be reversed."
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