Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:35

Education cuts to hit most vulnerable, July 4, 2012

Media Release July 4, 2012

Plans by the NSW Government to cut language and literacy services by half will severely impact the most vulnerable members of society, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils said yesterday.


Responding to reports that leaked Treasury document showed the State Government was planning to cut 2400 education jobs, WSROC President Alison McLaren said this decision showed the Government was out of touch with the needs of those less fortunate.

“These services are vital for many of our residents who need assistance in managing day to day communications,” she said.

“Whether it is because they are not fluent in English or have not had equal access to education, many people rely on these services.”

Clr McLaren said the cuts to education generally were short-sighted and would lead to long term problems, with a falling standard of education across NSW.

“Education is the most important service the Government provides because it allows people to gain the skills necessary to build their own productive lives and contribute back to society,” she said.

“Losing these vital positions and services will result in larger class sizes, and less support for teachers helping children with special needs and learning difficulties.

“These cuts will also affect the numbers of school counsellors and teachers’ aides, which means an end to reading recovery programs, and help for students in need of emotional and psychological support.”

“And these cuts will be felt most keenly in Western Sydney where we already have high number of disadvantaged students and a large non-English speaking community.

“In recent years the Government has devoted a lot of time and effort into recruiting great teachers and reducing class sizes – now Treasury is sacrificing all that effort for the sake of achieving a short-term surplus for surplus sake.

“There is no point in building a budget surplus by decimating social services – all you end up with is a dysfunctional society that will need even more money to repair the long term damage these cuts will cause.

Clr McLaren noted that the health department had been advised of similar cuts, and said exempting nurses would still place serious strain on the already stretched health system.

“Nurses, like teachers, need support staff if they are to be able to do their job properly,” she said.

“Cutting the backroom services will inevitably impact on the quality of frontline care.”



Contact: Clr Alison McLaren, WSROC President on 0410 441 842

Media Inquiries Karin Bishop, Deputy CEO on 0417 239 539

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