Created on Wednesday, 18 May 2011 14:25 Written by Tony Mullen
The SSTUWA is opposed to the Independent Public Schools Program. It has major concerns at the short and long term impact of IPS on teachers/administrators conditions and the working/ learning environments in our government school system.
The development of a two tiered public education system, the longer term plans for schools funding, career path opportunities, job tenure, impact on return from country service arrangements, the general promotion of the program as a way to ‘get rid of poor performing teachers’, the undermining of the construct of a schools system and issues of fairness and equity are further concerns.
The international trend of British ‘academies’ and American ‘Charter Schools’ with a ramping up of the simplistic approach to accountability through national testing regimes should be enough to have the teaching profession concerned at this direction.
This issue is still ‘live’ in the WAIRC and the SSTUWA will take to the Commission any issues/practices cutting across our GA/ Teacher Award. Members in current IPS schools are requested to bring to the attention of the Union office any issues or concerns.
The SSTUWA-DoE IPS Reference Group continues to operate and has helped in resolving some issues.
SOME ISSUES COMING TO THE FORE
These matters are being taken up with the Department and through the WAIRC.
AMENDOLA REPORT: The Barnett Government has released the Amendola Report after 14 months. Amendola was one of the architect’s of Howard’s Work Choices. We have on the table again the spectre of individual contracts, removal of the concept of ‘bargaining in good faith, gutting of the WAIRC ... and much more. In the context of IPS this is very worrying. KEEP YOURSELF INFORMED.
IF YOU ARE AN INDEPENDENT PUBLIC SCHOOL
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IF YOU ARE NOT AN INDEPENDENT PUBLIC SCHOOL & CONSIDERING IT