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High educational standards unaffected by staffing arrangements



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Mimm,

, MINISTER FOR EDUCATION

" . ", PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Ministerial No. 38 Canberra A.C.T.

- 6 OCT 1978

High Educational Standards Unaffected . : .

By Staffing Arrangements . ■ ' ■ ·

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T h e M i n i s t e r for Education, Senator Garrick, said tod a y ·

t h a t it w a s clear from discussions between the ACT

S c h o o l s A u t h o r i t y a n d the;Government that a staff, c e i l i n g .

of 2772 could be achieved Without, adverse e f f e c t upon the ·

v e r y h i g h q u a lity of education in the ACT. . . - ·â– · .■ p

T h i s cou l d be done w i t h o u t affecting the e xisting formula

for s taffing p r i m a r y schools, high schools, and pre-schools.

As indic a t e d by the Neal/Hird report and the Schools

C o m m i s s i o n the secondary colleges were able to provide a

s i g n i f i c a n t n u m b e r of staff savings without d e t r i m e n t to

t h e i r forward p r o g r e s s . . . .

v.,.· ' 1 v.; ■

T h e Authority, w h i c h had initially asked the M i n i s t e r

for a ceil i n g of 2806 for 1979 had proposed four w a y s to

achieve, a saving of 34 teachers in order to re a c h a staff

c e i l i n g of 2772. " , .

S e n a t o r Garrick said the following avenues of staff savings

h a d b e e n suggested: .

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. r e d u c t i o n of secondary college staffing in . a c c o r d a n c e w i t h the mechanisms contained in c h a p t e r 6 of t h e .r eport on secondary college staffing — 13 teachers

. savings on the automatic provisions for beginning teachers in the secondary . sector - 13.7 teachers

* r e s c i s i o n of the dec i s i o n to.open W a n n i a s s a H i g h School - 6 teachers' . . . . · . .·â– â– â– '.

. o t h e r staff savings resulting from e ither ,

s h o r tfall in enrolments or from o t h e r areas . - 2 teachers. .

T h e G o v e r n m e n t interpreted the saving of 13.7 b e g i n n i n g

t e a c h e r s to be achieved f rom the whole secondary s e c t o r , ■

6.4 c o m i n g from the colleges, and 7.3 from h i g h schools.

O n t h a t bas i s there should be no disturbance to standards.

T h e s a v i n g of beginning, or first-year, teachers co u l d be

a c h i e v e d b e c a u s e schools w o u l d not heed to b e ·given a. .

l o a d i n g for first year teachers who are not e x p e c t e d to .

s p e n d as m a n y hours in face-to-face teaching as m o r e ·;·.; ■ * · ' . ' · '■/ ' ; ? · ■ ·.

e x p e r i e n c e d teachers. . ’ . ; "· ···';.■ : . . . :

S e n a t o r Garr i c k said he was disappointed that no first-year

t e a c h e r s cou l d be employed in Canberra in 1 9 7 9 » This was

n o t an e f f e c t of staff ceilings but reflected the overall

e m p l o y m e n t situation for teachers in A u s t ralia at present.

H e said, that, w i t h the agreement of the ACT Teachers' ’

F e d e r a t i o n , teachers work i n g with temporary status in ACT

s c h o o l s w e r e given preference over outside a p plicants when

p e r m a n e n t positions occurred. .

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The r e w e r e at p r e s e n t about 200 temporary teachers waiting

p e r m a n e n t a p p o i n t m e n t who w o u l d be given pref e r e n c e over

n e w g r a d u a t e s un d e r this arrangement. ■.

S e n a t o r C a r r i c k said the decision of the A u t h o r i t y n o t to

o p e n W a n n i a s s a High School was supported by expert .

e d u c a t i o n a l o p i n i o n . . . . . : ' . . /

H e said p r i m a r y school p r i n c i p a l s .had agreed unanimously that

the n e w school w o u l d not be viable w ith only 90 pupils.

N o t o p e n i n g V7anniassa High School w o u l d result in a net

saving of six teachers. " · . ■ ' - ' ' '

S e n a t o r “Carrick said the Chief Education Officer of the

A u t h o r i t y could leave unfilled two positions o n his own

o f fice staff of 90 teachers to make up the total saving

of 34 t e a c h e r s . ,.· ■ . ' . -1 1

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S e n a t o r C a r r i c k said he understood that the A u t h o r i t y . .

w o u l d m e e t again on M onday and he hoped the w a y wou l d then

be clear to proc e e d with the detailed allocation of staff

for 1979 to the various s c h o o l s . . . . ' . . . .·

T h e M i n i s t e r said the ACT Teachers F e d e r a t i o n 's proposed

series of rolling strikes should be called off immediately

b e f o r e children w e r e educationally disadvantaged and their

p a r e n t s i n c o n v e n i e n c e d . . , .

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He a d d e d that he w o u l d be meet i n g ofticers of the Federation

on M o n day. . .

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