You may not have caught the news Thursday that NSW DEC is “realigning,” ie restructuring, yet again, this time under the recently elected Liberal state government. You may have not had this news, because the government made no public announcement!
It appears at least 200 jobs of 750 in offices of the DEC will go. That’s over a quarter!
So in addition to the additional work taken on by self-managing schools, now teachers and principals are to take on a greater workload from head offices. And at a time when the new National Curriculum is being implemented.
This includes cuts to literacy support, including positions in the School Magazine, in this National Year of Reading! Literacy looks to lose 2 of their 5 positions. There is no mention of the Premiers Reading Challenge. Nor Quality Teaching. Teacher librarians and school counsellors will see cuts to support to schools.
The nationwide respected education journal, SCAN, does not get a mention. Other positions in School Libraries and Information Services appear to have been cut by about half. (I used to work for this service when it was known as School Library Service and had 60 on its staff!!)
There are fewer Principal Education Officer positions (higher salaries). Where is the support for curriculum leadership? Teacher Librarians are already feeling threatened – this cut in support services does not bode well for their continued expertise !
Two separate entities have been created for pre-school/primary and secondary when NSW teachers are supposed to be implementing K-10 syllabuses next year.
What role will regions have? Will there be duplication?
It has been described as a mess.
Realignment info for NSW teachers was on DEC internal intranet (Contact The Hub for copies.)
Feedback to DDGSchools@det.nsw.edu.au within a week. NSW teachers let your local MP (template) know once again you and your parents are not happy. Federal MPs must also be pressed for the increased funding to public schools recommended by Gonski. Education investment is an investment in our future. The NSW government seems determined to undermine our social and economic future.
For further information and updates, contact NSW Teachers Federation