This morning in the NSW Lower House Greens MP Jamie Parker introduced a Bill to defend TAFE and safeguard its future as a vital public education provider.
Mr Parker said:
“After years of cost cutting, rising fees, privatised training and job losses, TAFE needs an urgent plan to safeguard its future.
“This Bill represents a crucial first step toward defending TAFE as an important public provider of education. The Bill seeks to reverse the attacks on TAFE both by the former Labor government and the current Coalition.
“I am particularly concerned about TAFEs in my local area as I have had many constituents contact me, worried about the impact of cuts and privatisation on their courses."
“I will continue to fight for TAFE, and to call on the government to restore funding and reduce the pressure on students and teachers.
“I note the excellent work of my Greens colleague Dr John Kaye, who has introduced this Bill in the Upper House and has worked hard to launch the Bill and raise awareness for the need to defend TAFE across New South Wales.
“I also recognise the contribution of students, teachers, and the following organisations and their members in defending and supporting TAFE and supporting the values that it embodies: the New South Wales Teachers Federation, the Australian Education Union and the Public Service Association, the Community and Public Sector Union, and the TAFE Community Alliance.
“I am calling on the Premier and Minister to support this Bill and commit to funding TAFE as an essential public provider of vocational education and training,” Mr Parker said.
March 27, 2014 at 12pm