NAPLAN test supervisors warned

THE NSW Teachers Federation has warned casual and retired teachers they face ‘hostile environment’ if they step in to supervise national numeracy and literacy tests this month.

The NSW Government is now trying to recruit the staff to fill the void left by full-time teachers if the current boycott against the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests carries on.

On its website, the federation has given any former teachers considering taking up the offer a stern warning.

“The Federation strongly advises you to reject this offer and not place yourself in a difficult situation in the current dispute,” the open letter said.

“You should be aware that if you accept the DET’s offer, you may quickly find yourself in a hostile environment where the teachers, and in many cases this includes the principal, have refused to administer NAPLAN 2010.

“These teachers and principals will not thank you for your intervention.”

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally described the union’s tactics as an attempt to bully teachers.

“I find it extraordinary and I find it distressing that an organisation that represents teachers is out there displaying that same sort of intimidatory behaviour that our teachers are teaching our children not to do, (that) our teachers are teaching our children to resist,” she said.

The warning has also been condemned by Ms Gillard, who said any teacher willing to supervise the NAPLAN tests deserved respect.

“I believe people who have devoted their life to teaching should have the utmost respect,” she said.



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