Teachers to remain in drought affected schools

Published: 6 Aug 2019

The number of permanent staff at drought affected schools across NSW will be maintained, even as more families move out of rural areas.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell gave this assurance in announcing that 220 schools will retain staffing numbers. A further 36 schools are being encouraged to apply for staffing entitlement maintenance.

“This drought is relentless, but that shouldn’t mean students whose families choose to stay in the regions should have the quality of their education affected,” Mr Barilaro said.

Ms Mitchell said support for staff in regional areas will continue when the drought breaks.

“Attracting and retaining good teachers in regional areas is difficult enough, so it is critical that we maintain staffing numbers now more than ever to make sure our country kids aren’t missing out on having the opportunity to be the best they can be, Ms Mitchell said.

“That’s why the NSW Government will continue to assess individual schools’ circumstances into the future to ensure appropriate staffing resources are always available for our kids.”

Visit the Department of Education website for more information.

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