World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 31 Mar, 2021 05:30 am

Australian inquiry reveals disastrous working conditions of public school teachers

Australian inquiry reveals disastrous working conditions of public school teachers
The inquiry was commissioned by the New South Wales Teachers Federation, which has facilitated the endless attacks on teachers’ jobs, pay and conditions.

Teachers confront soaring workloads, endless policy changes and wholly inadequate resources to address the complex challenges facing students in the public education system.The disastrous state of the sector revealed by the inquiry is the result of bipartisan policies implemented by state and federal governments, Labor and Liberal alike, that threaten the very future of public education.The Vinson Inquiry’s paltry recommendations were ignored, while the NSWTF and the Australian Education Union proceeded to openly support, or demobilise opposition to, one attack after another on public education.This underscores the fact that a fight by teachers for decent wages, conditions and permanent jobs, and for high-quality and fully-resourced public education, can only proceed through a rebellion against the NSWTF and the unions.

The Committee for Public Education (CFPE), which fights for this perspective, can be contacted here: Email: cfpe.The inquiry revealed that full-time classroom teachers averaged 55 hours per week and school principals some 62.

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