'Unhappy' teachers disrupt five schools

TEACHERS at five Northern Rivers schools will hold stop-work meetings today.

The meetings are part of a campaign against a State Government's decision to dismantle a school staffing system based on teacher transfers.

The change to the staffing system allows school principals to advertise for teachers, and not use a longstanding service transfer scheme which allows teachers in regional posts to go to the top of the transfer list and fill a more desirable position.

North Coast regional organiser of the NSW Teachers Federation, Nicole Major, said the stop-work meetings were designed to let the community know teachers weren't happy with the decision, without causing too much disruption to a student's day.

“The meeting won't go for the whole day because we want to convey our message without disrupting students too much,” she said.

Teachers at Lismore High School, Richmond River High School, Bonalbo Central School, Woodenbong High School and Woolgoolga Public School will take part in the stop-work meetings.

NSW Teachers Federation representative at Lismore High School, Frank Swientek, said in light of the imminent retirement of 16,000 teachers, the NSW Government should be focusing and putting more emphasis on how to attract and retain teachers.

“This attack on the state-wide transfer system is distracting both the Government and teachers from the real issues of ensuring there are enough teachers to provide quality education for all students across the State,” he said.

“The Government must fulfil its obligation to provide fully-qualified teachers for all classes in public schools.”

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