Protests won't stop education cuts, says minister

PROTESTS against NSW education cuts will not get in the way of the O'Farrell government doing "what it needs to do" the state's education minister Adrian Piccoli has warned.

More than 3000 people gathered at Sydney's Darling Harbour on Sunday morning to call on the government to reverse its decision to slash education support positions in schools across the state.

State Opposition Leader John Robertson told the crowd the number of parents and teachers who had turned out to the protest reflected the gravity of the government's decision.

He said the Premier needed to "stop and listen" and understand "this isn't going to go away".

Speaking to reporters on the weekend Mr Piccoli said NSW was in "difficult budget times" and cutting back office jobs from the bureaucracy would ensure all available funds went to supporting teachers on the front-line.

"The government has made it pretty clear what it needs to do," Mr Piccoli said.

"We won't be changing the decision we have made."

NSW Teachers Federation President Maurie Mulheron said while the community supported the need to provide a "robust and equitable" public school system, cutting educational opportunities "diminishes the future of this state".



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