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International Teacher's Day welcomed



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M EDIA MICHAEL RONALDSON

RELEASE Federal M em ber for Ballarat

SHADO W MINISTER FOR SCHOOLS, VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING

4 October, 1995

INTERNATIONAL TEACHER’S DAY WELCOMED

Tomorrow's International Teacher's Day provides us with an opportunity to thank Australia's.teachers for the difficult task they undertake.

International Teacher's Day was inaugurated by UNESCO in 1994 and commemorates UNESCO's adoption of the recommendation on the status of teachers in 1966.

Teachers play a central role in any community, not only acting as educators, but sometimes as parents and counsellors as well.

It is unfortunate however that many teachers feel that the community holds them in low regard and does not understand the nature of their work.

The Coalition has long been committed to raising the status of teaching and to the professional development of teachers. Teaching deserves to once again be a highly respected profession in Australia.

On behalf of the Coalition I congratulate all teachers in Australia on the job they are doing. I hope that days like International Teacher's Day will lead to a better understanding of the pressures on teachers and an increased appreciation of the job they undertake.

For further information contact Michael Ronaldson (06) 277 2114.

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