Cleaning at schools 'slashed'
THREE Northern Rivers schools are to have their cleaning hours slashed by up to 15 hours a week as part of the O'Farrell Government's cost-cutting measures, the State Opposition claims.
It is claimed the schools are among 600 on a hit list to lose cleaning hours, according to internal Education Department documents.
Under the cuts Mullumbimby High would lose 15 hours, Alstonville High 12 and Byron Bay Public seven hours.
Schools in the Ballina state electorate will be forced to learn in dirty classrooms because of the O'Farrell Government's cuts, Opposition whip Amanda Fazio said.
"Any parent, teacher or student would tell you schools should have more cleaning hours, not less," Ms Fazio said.
But a Department of Education spokesman said cleaning standards had been maintained under a five-year contract which began in July 2011, with contractors having to guarantee no reduction in the level of cleanliness or the employment conditions of cleaners.
The department and NSW Public Works would closely monitor the implementation of the cleaning plans to make sure that standards were not compromised, he said.