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Extra teachers working in Australian schools due to Whitlam governments education policies - says Minister

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Parliament House Canberra, A.C.T. 2 6 0 0

% Ministerial 28 13 May, 1974.

The Minister for Education, Mr, Kim Beazley said today more than 2,800 extra teachers were working in Australian schools this year because of the Whitlam Government's education policies.


Mr. Beazley said the number would increase in

"These extra teachers mean better education for our children", Mr. Beazley said.

"They mean smaller classes. They mean some teachers can be freed for in-service training to improve their teaching skills .

"And they mean the Australian Government's programs ยท are proving successful."

Mr. Beazley said that in addition to the extra teachers more than 4,600 new teaching aides and professional staff had been appointed to schools this year.

. "These extra teachers and non-teaching staff for schools were desperately needed. Their appointment was long over due", he said.

"When the Whitlam Government took office there were problems with unemployed teachers especially in New South Wales and Victoria but also in other States.

"Now the needs of schools are being met more fully.

"There is still a need for trained social workers, counsellors and clericial staff despite the increase in the number of non-teaching staff employed in schools.

"But the $280 million which the Australian Government is providing this year through the Schools Commission has begun an improvement which we hope will never be revised."

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