Premier Will Hodgman’s announcement that Jeremy Rockliff will retain the education and training portfolio has been welcomed by the AEU Tasmania Branch. The AEU looks forward to working with Mr Rockliff to deliver on the pre-election pledges on education.
“We want to see Mr Rockliff standing up for Tasmanian public education, and ensuring our schools and TAFE get the funding required to provide quality education for all. A properly funded education system means every child in Tasmania will receive a quality education,” said AEU Tasmania Branch President, Helen Richardson.
“As we enter the first 100 days of the new Government, we will work with the Minister for Education and Training to ensure additional, much-needed resources are injected into our schools and TAFE.
“We are pleased to see the Government has committed to working with key stakeholders in their first 100 days plan, and we look forward to working with them to recruit 250 additional teachers.
“Unfortunately, genuine consultation with the AEU has been missing over the last four years. Our members constitute the vast majority of educators (teachers, principals and support staff), and are the key stakeholder in education in Tasmania.
“It’s essential that the new government holds good on its promise of additional teachers and support staff, so Tasmanian students don’t miss out. We want to see the additional staff the Liberals committed to being injected into schools as quickly as possible.
Helen Richardson, AEU President, 0408 108 885
Molly Frankham, AEU Communications, 0427 841 760, or 6234 9500.