TAFE NSW respond to Teachers Fed claims

In a follow up to yesterday's media release Moruya and Bega TAFE colleges losing permanent teaching and support staff The Beagle made contact with TAFE NSW.

In questions about the claims of the Local NSW Teachers Federation members and South Coast Labour Council Executive members that the NSW Governments Smart and Skilled policy continues to have negative impacts on regional and rural TAFE colleges the TAFE NSW spokespeson responded with

"The core focus of the One TAFE NSW modernisation is redirecting resources into frontline teaching by reducing administrative duplication and layers of management.

"Locally, some positions have changed or shifted focus based on community and industry need. Under the new structure Head Teacher roles will be discipline based, so TAFE NSW can utilise the strength and expertise of its team members to deliver quality education and training for students.

"These changes will ensure TAFE NSW can maintain service continuity in Moruya and empower the more than 20 teachers at the local campus, who are unaffected by these changes, to continue delivering a wide range of courses to the local community. Member for Bega Andrew Constance also provided a statement "The current NSW Government is delivering a once-in-a-generation reform of TAFE NSW to create a strong, public vocational education provider with the scale and capacity to better meet the needs of students, employers and local communities. He reiterated "One TAFE's modernisation is redirecting resources into frontline teaching by removing layers of management and by addressing administrative duplication. "NSW Labor’s constant denigration of TAFE is absurd. It’s clear that they don’t deal in facts, they don’t care about vocational education, they just want to try and score cheap political points"

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