The AEU today welcomed the Labor Party announcement on boosting teacher and support staff numbers and says it will provide much needed additional support for students.

“The additional resources committed by the alternative State Government will mean smaller classes sizes, more individual attention for kids and more support with literacy and numeracy,” said Helen Richardson, AEU Tasmanian President.

“We will work with any future Labor Government to ensure that the additional teachers and support staff and other resources are delivered as quickly as possible into schools and colleges and continue to push for the additional staff that we know are needed.”

“The fact that the Labor Party has committed to boosting numbers is demonstration of their commitment to our kids and quality education for all.”

The Labor Party joins The Greens and The Jacqui Lambie Network in committing to not only restoring Hodgman Government cuts but boosting overall educator numbers.

“The three main political parties are all backing more educators in schools and colleges meanwhile the Liberal Government has been silent on what it will do to repair its savage cuts of 2014.”

“The Hodgman government axed 180 teachers and there are now fewer in classrooms than when it came to office but Will Hodgman is in denial about the truth.

“The Liberal Government also signed a deal that cuts federal funding for students with disability by 45%, or $9 million.”

“The Hodgman Government has been all spin and no substance on quality education with no commitment to repairing its cuts or overall boosting teacher numbers.

“Three political parties have all committed to significantly boosting educator numbers while the Liberals have been silent.”

The Labor Party’s support for the Early Childhood Intervention Service is also a welcome commitment.

“ECIS provides valuable support for students with complex needs who are transitioning to school and is an important service that needs to be maintained.”

Further information:

Helen Richardson, AEU President, 0408 108 885
Molly Frankham, AEU Communications, 0437 374 125