The Jacqui Lambie Network’s education policy announcement today, has been welcomed by Tasmanian AEU members. AEU Tasmania Branch President, Helen Richardson, said the pressure is now on the major parties to commit to a strong education policy and put our students and their futures ‘front and centre’ this election.

“The JLN joins The Greens in having a strong education policy platform that seeks to address the funding crisis in our schools, colleges and TAFE,” said Ms Richardson.

“A commitment to an additional 250 more teachers will provide flexibility to schools and TAFE to deliver programs and quality learning experiences to better meet the individual needs of every student.”

“The increased numbers of professional support staff in our schools will mean more School Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and Social Workers to support and meet the needs of Tasmanian students.

“We would like to have seen a stronger commitment to additional Teacher Assistants in our schools and TAFE. Our members have consistently told us that they need another 200 teacher assistants to deliver quality education to every student.

“AEU members welcome the recognition that our college system provides Quality Education, by funding the transition for students moving to years 11 and 12, and the commitment to fund more Lab Technicians.

“The AEU welcomes the JNL support for a comprehensive review into TasTAFE and the acknowledgement that TAFE must be returned to its former status as a centre of excellence in VET in Tasmania.”

“However, we will seek a commitment from JLN to support a minimum of 70% of Government VET funding quarantined to TAFE.

“Education must be a priority for any government. The pressure is now on The Liberals and the ALP to prioritise education this election and commit to properly resourcing our schools, colleges and TAFE.”


Further information:

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

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