Every Coffs Coast school is set to benefit from a major teacher recruitment drive as well as their maintenance backlog wiped to zero, thanks to the NSW Nationals in government.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the NSW Government will hire an additional 4600 teachers to join the ranks of the public school system over the next four years – delivering the highest number of teachers in the state’s history.
He said the Nationals in government will also clear every maintenance job currently outstanding in our local public schools by July 2020.
“Today is a wonderful day for our schooling community and I am proud to say that not only will we grow our world-class teacher workforce, our local schools will soon be better maintained,” Mr Fraser said.
“Our children’s teachers are so important – it is fundamental that we invest in our teachers so they can equip our kids with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the future.
“To top it off we are also wiping the slate clean and ensuring all outstanding maintenance jobs at our schools such as carpeting, roof maintenance and painting works will be carried out.
“Education is a priority for the Nationals in government and today’s announcement shows a commitment to the schools in rural and regional NSW which may be doing it tough.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said this commitment will take the total number of full-time teaching positions to nearly 11,000 since coming to government.
“When Labor was last in office, it closed schools, sacked teachers and racked up a huge maintenance liability as our schools fell into disrepair,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Labor hired little more than 1000 new teachers in their last five years and closed more than 90 schools.
“We are investing record amounts into NSW schools and teachers, which has only been made possible due to the strong economic position created by this government – we built the schools and now we are filling them.
“These extra teachers will help staff the 170-plus new and upgraded schools being delivered as part of this government’s record $6 billion investment in school infrastructure.”