Country Labor MLC Greg Donnelly claims education budget cuts have forced schools to rely on money raised by P&C organisations to help pay for student support staff.
Country Labor MLC Greg Donnelly claims education budget cuts have forced schools to rely on money raised by P&C organisations to help pay for student support staff. Nat Bromhead

School’s P&C committees funding support staff

STUDENT support staff at Coffs Harbour schools are being funded from money raised by P&C organisations according to Country Labor MLC Greg Donnelly.

Mr Donnelly said cuts to education funding by the NSW government has led to the change with schools now unable to afford the staff.

"As predicted, funding to schools for support staff is being wound down by the O'Farrell/Stoner Government," Mr Donnelly said.

"We now have schools where if they wish to continue engaging such support staff, P&Cs are being tapped on the shoulder by principals to hand over money to pay for wages."

Mr Donnelly said the $1.7 billion cut from education in the state had forced the hands of local school principals.

He cited the example of a school P&C that raised $11,000 through a walk-a-thon being asked to donate almost half to the school for student support staff wages, however he did not name the school.

"P&Cs work hard for their local school communities and in my experience, do not mind doing so," he said.

"Their fundraising activities have traditionally contributed to purchasing books, sporting equipment and computers. Now though, they are being hit up to in effect bankroll wage payments in public schools."



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