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Parents’ plea to Education minister
ON TUESDAY, the first sitting day of parliament, parents rallied on Parliament House Lawns to ask the government to stop the education cuts that have caused a loss of 266 positions and meant schools have had to make some tough decisions this year.
Parents spoke about how their children’s schools were losing programs including literacy and numeracy support, physical education and music. They told of large and composite classrooms.
Those gathered heard that parents were under pressure to fundraise – and not for luxuries but for services and resources that you’d expect to find in a school.
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff met with these parents, saying he was sorry the government had to make the cuts, and Opposition Leader Bryan Green highlighted there were still $38 million in cuts to education to go over the forward estimates.