2 December 2015 - Shadow Minister for Education, Nicole Manison, said that the latest Department of Education Annual Report shows some worrying trends in remote education.
According to Departmental annual reports:
“The CLP’s teacher cuts to education are negatively impacting on results education in the bush and are also impacting on indigenous employment.
“The number of assistant indigenous teachers has been reduced by 40, the number of indigenous classroom teachers has been reduced by 9 and 12 Indigenous trainee teacher positions have also gone,” Ms Manison said.
“Reducing teachers and reducing indigenous staff in schools is now showing. The CLP’s lack of a strategy and investment in Early Childhood Development is showing up in the very real decline in children attending Government subsidised pre-school.
“There is no amount of spin that can hide these results by the Education Minister,” Ms Manison said.
NAPLAN RESULTS 2012 – 2015
PERFORMANCE MEASURE - STUDENTS ACHIEVING NATIONAL MINIMUM STANDARD IN NAPLAN
WRITING – INDIGENOUS
NUMERACY - INDIGENOUS
*Note: 2012, 2013, 2014 results sourced from Annual Reports. 2015 – NAPLAN website
Shadow Minister for Education, Nicole Manison, said today that the continuing instability in the CLP Government it is taking a devastating toll on critical services like Education.
“The Education Department in the Northern Territory has seen five ministers in the two and half years they’ve been in power,” Ms Manison said.
“This equates to almost a new Minister every school semester.
“The effect of this chaos results in paralysis for the Department.
“How can decisions be made, or direction taken when there is a revolving door of Education Ministers?
“We’ve, only weeks ago, seen the Former Minister for Education, Robyn Lambley, come in and try to clean up the mess of Global School Budgets left by the other Former Minister for Education, Peter Chandler, who was reeling from the budget cuts of the other Former Education Ministers, John Elferink and Robyn Lambley.
“Lambley, Elferink, Chandler, Lambley, Elferink - How long until Chandler gets his turn again? When will this chaos end?”
Ms Manison said the Education Department isn’t the only NT Government Department suffering from the effects of this CLP dysfunction.
“As soon as the ink dries on the Ministerial stationery, the CLP’s instability causes another round of musical chairs,” Ms Manison said.
“Major businesses and investors hardly know who to engage with in negotiations for projects. There is no guarantee that these Ministers or even the Chief Minister will be in the same position the next day.
“Sadly Territorians are the ones losing out while this epic power battle plays out.”
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Shadow Minister for Education, Nicole Mansion, today called on the Chief Minister, Adam Giles, to appoint a new Education Minister in the upcoming cabinet reshuffle, who will stand up for schools.
“Peter Chandler has let down Territory students as the Territory’s Education Minister,” Ms Manison said.
“Territory schools have suffered massive cuts to resources for three years now.
“Teachers have only just ended a longstanding EBA dispute with the CLP Government.
“And Principals are being forced to cuts teachers, subject choices and support staff under the Global School Budget model.
“Peter Chandler has been dismissive of the calls of teachers, students and parents about the negative impacts they are now suffering under Global School Budgets.
“Territory students deserve an Education Minister who will stand up for them and the resources and funding they need to ensure they have the best possible educational options.
“Territory students have seen three years now of cuts to education, political spin and a refusal to listen to genuine concerns of the community.
“The CLP Government needs to make driving better education outcomes a priority and stop cutting the vital resources that will help do just that.”
Shadow Minister for Education, Nicole Manison, said the Chief Minister Adam Giles and the Education Minister Peter Chandler need stop denying there are massive shortfalls due to the CLP Governments Global School Budgets.
“There are now around 30 schools saying they have serious budget problems under Global School Budgets,” Ms Manison said.
“The fact is schools are having to make big cuts for a third year in a row because of Global School Budgets, but the Education Minister keeps denying there is a problem.
“Adam Giles told ABC Radio this morning that the Minister for Education will go through schools, to determine the effect of the Global School Budgets.
“Will the Government listen to COGSO and do an urgent review of the impact of Global School Budgets on every school?
“If they do, they will be faced with the reality that the Global School Budgets are forcing schools to cut teachers, subjects and support for students.
“The Education Minister promised no school would be worse off and he has broken his promise.
“Even the Department of Education advises some schools will receive less funding.
“The CLP have failed to fully fund the teachers EBA and this will force many schools into the red or to make cuts to afford the pay rises.
“The Education Minister Peter Chandler needs to take urgent action to address his disastrous rollout of his Global School Budgets policy.
“Territory students deserve an education system that is well resourced. Education should be a priority for the CLP Government.”
Shadow Minister for Education, Nicole Manison, today said the Education Minister, Peter Chandler, must act now to resolve the Global School Budget funding shortages facing Territory schools with a third school council rejecting the model last night.
“Territory schools are rejecting Peter Chandler’s Global School Budget model that will plunge them into budget crisis,” Ms Manison said.
“We are hearing that many more schools are facing the 2015 school year with their budget position in the red, meaning these schools will have to cut teachers, subject choices and support staff to stay afloat.
“This is the third year in a row that Territory schools have suffered cuts under the CLP Government.
“Last night the Stuart Park Primary School Council joined Casuarina Senior College School Council and Taminmin College Council in rejecting the CLP Government’s Global School Budgets.”
Ms Manison said Education needs to be a priority for the CLP Government.
“Peter Chandler needs to honour his promise that no school would be worse off under Global School Budgets and ensure that the appropriate investment is made in Territory education,” Ms Manison said.
“The damage of the CLP’s cuts to education is putting the future of Territory kids at stake.”
Shadow Minister for Education, Nicole Manison, said the CLP Government has plunged schools into budget problems with no other choice but to cut teachers and programs.
“Under the Global School Budgets the CLP is putting schools through a third year of cuts,” Ms Manison said.
“Education Minister, Peter Chandler, promised no school will be worse off under global budgeting, yet the evidence is clear many schools are now worse off.
“We have now seen several schools tell the Education Minister they are worse off and he is failing to listen.
“School budgets are under more pressure with the teacher’s EBA pay rises needing funding and another 5 per cent PowerWater increase coming into place January 1.
“The CLP is cutting school funding to the bone and as a result there will be less subject choices for students and fewer teachers in our schools.
“Some schools are faced with tough decisions around cutting experienced teachers in order to make savings, losing valuable expertise from our education system.
“Education Minister Peter Chandler needs to take urgent action to make good on his promise that no school would be worse off.
“Territory students are suffering because the CLP Government does not value education.”
Shadow Minister for Education, Nicole Manison, today said the Casuarina Senior College (CSC) School Council last night rejected the CLP Government’s Global School Budget which would cut staff and subject choices for students.
“The CSC parents are appalled that for the third year in a row the CLP are cutting resources to a school that is keen to deliver teaching excellence to our children,” Ms Manison said.
"Despite promises that no school would be worse off, Global School Budget allocations are forcing schools to have to make more cuts.
“Global School Budgets are cuts by stealth to the Territory’s education system.
“To deliver the Global School Budget, CSC would have to cut 5.8 teachers and their home liaison officer and still be $672,000 in the red.
“With these cuts students would see reduced subject selections.
"I hope the Minister for Education Peter Chandler meets with the School Council urgently as they have requested.
“The Leader of the Opposition Delia Lawrie is a CSC School Council parent and shares their concerns about the cuts.”
Ms Manison said students across the Territory deserve well-resourced schools, instead they are facing a third straight year of cuts under the CLP Government.
“Peter Chandler promised no school would be worse off under Global School Budgets. The fact is schools are worse off and he needs to take action to stop the cuts and honour his promise.”
Shadow Minister for Education, Nicole Manison, said many Territory schools will experience cuts in 2015 at the hands of the CLP Government under their Global School Budget policy.
“Under the CLP Government’s Global School Budgets there is not enough funding and schools are having to cut teachers, subjects and support for students,” Ms Manison said.
“That means crowded classrooms for our children with even less support for our teachers – our schools are under serious stress.”
The President of NT Council of Government School Organisations, COGSO, Gerard Reid on speaking about Global School Budgets told ABC radio today that ‘we're greatly disappointed that this is essentially being used as a smoke screen for another round of ferocious cuts in the last two weeks of the school year. So it's left us looking a little but uncomfortable and quite disappointed with the whole approach and feel like we've been rather used’.
The President of the Australian Education Union, NT Branch, Jarvis Ryan also told ABC radio today that under the Global School Budget model ‘some of the bigger secondary schools, Darwin High School, Casuarina and so on are many hundreds of thousands of dollars in the red and what that will mean is the loss of dozens, you know if not more than 100 positions across the Territory as a whole and what it means is that a lot of contract teachers, temporary teachers who are contacting our office who are despairing because they won't have a job next year’.
“This is despite the Education Minister Peter Chandler promising that no school will be worse off under global school budgets,” Ms Manison said.
“The reality is that schools are now worse off and they are having to make cuts for the third straight year under the CLP Government.
“The Minister needs to honour his promise and make sure schools are not worse off in 2015.
“Principals and School Councils are now having to make tough decisions around who to cut so they can get their budgets into the black.
“Education is vital to the future of the Territory and it is an area already cut to the bone under the CLP Government.
“That is another brutal process for many school teachers going into Christmas.”
Shadow Minister for Education, Natasha Fyles, said the CLP Government’s independent school model is a flawed model that will see a two tiered education system – and has already been rejected by the ACT, SA and Tasmanian Governments.
“This system is not supported by teachers across the Territory because it does not deliver better student outcomes,” Ms Fyles said.
“This system allows the government to further cut education funding and burden school principals with finding corporate sponsors to instead fund public schools.
“Parents want public schools run by the Education Department, not commercially focused boards.
“They want school principals focused on discipline and student outcomes not running commercial boards and chasing private sponsorship.
“Schools Principals tell me they already have a great level of autonomy and see this as commercialisation of public schools, when the Government should be funding public education.
“Our education system already provides options for parents to have significant involvement in their student’s education through school councils, but this measure is shifting the burden of school administration and funding onto parents.
“This is a distraction from the disastrous $125 million in CLP cuts already made to the Territory’s education system and the $312 million to be cut from Territory education, over 10 years, announced by Tony Abbott.
“The CLP has cut 185 teachers and support staff from our classrooms, resource cuts teachers have been fighting for two years.
“International research has found creating competition between schools does not produce better student results. (OECD PISA Report, 2009)
“The CLP has failed to stand up for Territorians and fight Canberra’s $312m education cuts to keep the Better Schools Gonski education reforms.”
Shadow Minister for Education, Natasha Fyles, today said the CLP Government’s global school budget model will be damaging to the Territory’s Education system.
“The CLP Government has already cut 185 teachers and support staff out of Territory schools,” Ms Fyles said.
“$125 million has been cut from Education since the CLP has been in Government.
“Their Federal Liberal Government counterparts are also ripping $312.3 million of education funding out of the Territory over the next 10 years.
“Now at the Territory schools lowest resourcing, the CLP plan to add further strain onto our schools with a cynical cost-shifting move.
Ms Fyles said the Global School Budgets model is the CLP Government shifting budget pressure onto schools.
“Parents and staff at Territory schools should be left to focus on educational outcomes not paying bills and settling accounts,” Ms Fyles said.
Ms Fyles was joined by the Labor Candidate for Casuarina, Lauren Moss, who said that cuts to education by the CLP Government were of great concern to the residents of Casuarina.
“Casuarina residents have been telling me that they are worried about the affect the cuts of 12 teaching and support staff from the Casuarina electorate alone will have on students,” Ms Moss said.
“Labor invested in education as a priority and we will restore funding slashed by the CLP.”