Kororo teachers' turn to walk off the job

SOLIDARITY was the subject yesterday as Kororo teachers walked out of school in support of staffing and public education.

Almost all of the school's teaching staff assembled at the first bell to send a clear message to the Department of Education and Training: “Hands off the statewide staffing system”.

Teachers Federation representative, Col Dixon, said even casual teachers showed their solidarity by joining the rally.

“This is proof the government's attempt to find the favour of casual teachers, with promises of what the new staff system will offer them, has failed,” Mr Dixon said.

Minister for Education and Training, John Della Bosca, has repeatedly said the reforms are a way of attracting and retaining quality teachers.

“It is in the interest of public schools and their students to implement these modest changes to the way schools are staffed so that they can be monitored and improved through input from teachers, the Federation and parents,” Mr Della Bosca said.

The stop work meeting at Kororo was part of rolling stoppages in the union's campaign against the staffing reforms.



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