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    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Schools to ensure student supervision: Minister

    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Thursday, May 14, 2009

    Schools to ensure student supervision: Minister

     

    Plans are in place to ensure students attending school on May 19 are supervised, Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson said today.

    Mr Wilson said the Queensland Teachers Union had reversed its assurance about ensuring student supervision.

    “On Monday, the QTU President made a public statement that ‘I can guarantee you that no child will be left unsupervised’,” Mr Wilson said.

    “The QTU has now informed me they have reversed this guarantee.

    “This change in the union’s position is disappointing.

    "I have directed my Department to ensure contingency plans are in place to supervise children who attend school on Tuesday. Education Queensland advises this has occurred.

    “This will not be a normal school day, as there will be no classroom instruction, and parents may choose not to send their children to school on that basis.

    “However, those who do not make alternative arrangements can be assured Education Queensland will provide adult supervision.

    “The Department has the capacity to move staff within regions and is able to call on other resources to supervise any children who attend school on the day.

    “This may include teacher aides, teachers and supply teachers not taking part in the action.”

    Mr Wilson said the Government was committed to continuing negotiations and urged the Queensland Teachers Union to remain at the table.

    “We’re working hard to reach an agreement and we will continue to meet with the Union for talks,” he said

    “This is a fair offer that we have put on the table, particularly in these tough economic times.

    “Our offer is a $900 million package providing 12.5% over three years.

    “The total package we are offering teachers, including all payments, puts them among the highest paid in the country.

    “We will continue to bring a positive approach to negotiating a successful agreement.

    “We value Queensland teachers and the work that they do, that’s why we’re offering a total package that will put them among the highest paid in the country.”

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