Put students first!
Public school teachers across NSW are currently fighting for the continued provision of a quality public education system. We believe that every student has the right to have access to a quality education regardless of race, geographical location or learning specialties.
Public education has at its core the belief that education systems cannot be reduced to a marketplace of winners and losers.
Public education is not for sale!
Presently the O’Farrell Government is beginning to make changes to public education under a policy called Local Schools, Local Decisions.
The government continues, through the Education Department, to implement this policy and related policies in haste, secrecy and without sincere negotiations or consultation with teachers, communities or parent groups.
The government won’t guarantee that under Local Schools, Local Decisions your child’s learning conditions and teachers’ working conditions will be protected.
It has been shown that when changes like this were made in Victoria and overseas that governments spent less on public schools, which has meant fewer teachers, bigger class sizes and less individual support for students.
The government wants to give schools a local budget. This means it will be the amount of money, not the number of students, which will determine how many teachers, executives and support staff will be at schools. Forget the bogus philosophy and rhetoric from the government; this is purely an exercise in cost-cutting.
As proud teachers in the public education system we believe that students must be put first and that all educational change needs to be centred on the educational needs of students. All children have the right to quality public education regardless of race, religion or social status.
Public education is an investment in the well-being of our society, not an expense.
Let’s all start “putting students first” and preserving the provision of public education in the state of NSW.
Support your local school teachers when they take action to stop these changes and register your concerns by contacting our state MP.
Julie Thompson, on behalf of the Batemans Bay Teachers Association