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Teachers in the Highlands and Tablelands are determined to make their voices heard and improve conditions for teachers statewide in next week’s 24-hour strike. School principals and teachers in New South Wales are to leave the school premises throughout the day of December 7 and 17 schools in Goulburn and Highland Schools will participate. The NSW Teachers Federation unanimously voted in favor of the strike on Saturday, Nov. 27 after the Perrottet government refused to increase teacher planning and preparation time outside of the classroom. “It’s really hard trying to put everything together in one day with preparation,” said Jennifer Kell-McCue, Crescent School teacher and president of the Goulburn Teachers Federation. Read also: The beauty and magic of spring in the Southern Highlands and Tablelands | Photos “The number of projects the government continues to throw at us, and many are great, but there isn’t enough time to figure them out,” said Penny Colman, Moss Vale Public School teacher, Fellow and Southern Highlands Teachers Association Committee Advisor. . With recommendations outlined in the Gallop survey, which was commissioned by the NSW Teachers Federation, principals and teachers are asking for an annual salary increase of between 5 and 7.5 percent. She also revealed that current levels of teacher preparation time had not changed since the 1950s for secondary teachers and the 1980s for elementary teachers. Ms Kell-McCue said she has two hours per week for RFF (face-to-face outing) per week outside of the classroom to prepare. The recommendations alongside the Gallop survey encouraged an increase in preparation time by two hours per week to allow teachers more time for lesson planning and collaboration with their colleagues. “Collaborating is something teachers want to do that benefits student learning and benefits us with student contexts,” Ms. Colman said. “We hope we can earn a salary, we want to be paid for our time and our ability to teach,” Ms. Kell-McCue said. “We don’t ask for much, we ask to be valued and to keep the profession alive. Also read: ‘Critical’ conscientious objection to Goulburn MP Wendy Tuckerman’s support for the voluntary assisted dying bill According to an article written by Adam Rorris which was commissioned by the NSW Teachers Federation, between 11 000 and 13,700 full-time equivalent teachers are required by 2031. A confidential NSW government briefing document prepared for the Secretary of the Department of Education in July noted that New Wales regions from The South “faced a significant and growing shortage of teachers, in specializations like STEM and inclusive education, in rural and regional areas, and secondary.” Ms. Kell-McCune said the shortages were “really deep. “in rural and regional areas. She said there weren’t enough casual teachers and that if she was sick her class would have to“ go their separate ways. ”The document states that the inscriptions on the necks Initial teacher education (ITE) rs across the state fell nearly 30% between 2014 with 9,620 registrations compared to 6,780 registrations in 2019. Also read: David Dalaithngu was “one of the biggest” Ministry of Education said in August 2020 that the demand for teachers would increase with the decline in teaching graduates. He also said that “the demands and expectations of teachers are increasing, while the current rewards, pathways and learning opportunities do not provide enough incentives.” “It’s really disappointing that the department and the government know and say there is no problem,” Ms. Colman said. “I would rather have a day without a day off than a whole year without teachers in the classroom.” “On average, teacher pay has declined relative to that of other professions since the late 1980s, making it a less attractive profession for top performing students,” he said. Mr Perrottet said the offer to raise wages by 2.5% was “fair and reasonable” given job losses due to the pandemic, but said he was keen to work with and support teachers . “It’s a profession that is always needed,” Ms. Kell-McCune said. We depend on subscription revenues to support our journalism. If you can, please register here for the Highlands and here for the Tablelands. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.



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