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For radio - work stoppage by Canberra teachers unjustified states minister

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media releasek'v- ' iiTfRflIRM TIUNm 26®C FOR RADIO MINISTERIAL 129(a) 13 November 1975

A stoppage of work by Canberra teachers over the suspension of relief staff in schools would be unjustified and short-sighted, the Minister for Education (Senator Margaret Guilfoyle) said today.

The amount of relief work undertaken already this financial year had used up almost all available funds. Of the $941,000 allocated in 1975/76, a total of $823,300 had been spent by the end of October.

Senator Guilfoyle said that in the last six weeks schools had been spending $14,000 a day in this way.

The Interim A.C.T. Schools Authority was trying to find ways to increase the amount available but in the short-term it had no option but to tell schools no more relief staff could be employed for the time being at least.

The Chief Education Officer of the Interim A.C.T. Schools Authority, said today parents should contact their schools tomorrow after 8.30 a.m. to see if staff would be on duty.

He said that if a school was inadequately staffed parents would have to make their own arrangements for the care of children.