QTU acting president Julie Brown said 800 more teachers were needed to simply keep teachers in front of children as enrolments balloon across the state.
QTU acting president Julie Brown said 800 more teachers were needed to simply keep teachers in front of children as enrolments balloon across the state. Thinkstock

Union calls for 800 teachers and counsellors for schools

PROVISION for additional teachers is essential in today's State Budget to keep pace with enrolment growth, according to the Queensland Teachers Union.

The QTU also wants a counsellor in every school with more than 500 students, and an ongoing commitment to Gonski funding.

QTU acting president Julie Brown said 800 more teachers were needed to simply keep teachers in front of children as enrolments balloon across the state.

Ms Brown said Great Results Guaranteed funding did not extend past this year and was significantly less than under the Gonski reform provisions to assist poorer schools.

She said that in her visits to schools across the state it became very evident that poor communities resulted in poorly resourced schools.

One funding initiative that appears safe is the Youth Pathways Program, which assists disadvantaged and at-risk students.

Among the programs it supports is Burnside High School's pregnancy program which has allowed new mothers aged as young as 14 to complete an education.

A call by Palmer United Party's Kawana candidate Carl Judge for permanent tenure rather than contracts for teachers is in line with a push by the QTU.


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