Tuesday, September 11, 2012

BREAKING @ourTAFE: $1.7b to go from state education budget | #Ausunions #NSWpol

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TAFE jobs will be cut and fees increased while government funding to independent schools will be capped under savings measures announced by NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli.

About 800 TAFE jobs will go over the next four years and from next year, TAFE fees will increase by 9.5 per cent.

This means students attending TAFE will pay $44 extra for certificate one and two courses and an extra $150 for advanced diplomas.

‘‘The state government has had to make some tough decisions to ensure NSW is living within its means,’’ Mr Piccoli told reporters.

He said the government had to make $1.7 billion in education savings over four years, and the impact must be shared across the education sector.

‘‘These changes include reducing staff, working more efficiently within reduced operating budgets, adjusting non-government school sector funding and increasing revenue from fees and services.’’

From July next year government funding to independent schools will be capped for the next four years, saving the government about $116 million.


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