Community Meeting: Education in Crisis
A community meeting to discuss how the cuts affect our public education system, and what we can do.
Our public education system is under attack from both Territory and Federal Liberal Governments.
The NT has the lowest literacy outcomes in the country and the Giles government's response has been to slash teachers, cut funding and axe English language and bilingual education programmes desperately needed in remote schools. More than 100 teachers have been sacked and those who still have jobs are under more pressure than ever as class sizes and workloads keep increasing.
Now the Liberals are trying to impose a "global funding" model on public schools - which will force principals to make further cuts to schools and entrench the gap between high-performing schools and those that are struggling.
The Abbott government wants to make higher education a right only for the rich. They are slashing funding from universities with $2.3 million cut in the 2014 budget. This will mean cuts to courses, staff and education resources. Their plan is to enforce a US style student loans system by deregulating university fees and privatising the HECS/HELP system, a recipe for unaffordable education with degrees costing as much as $100,000.
Education is a right not a privilege. Join outspoken defenders of public education, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, and NT Education Union organiser Nadine Williams for a discussion on the crisis in our schools and universities and what we can do to stop the attacks.