Parents of children in kindergarten have told the ABC they are angry after a national campaign by teachers’ unions to make them feel unsafe.
Key points:More than 80 per cent of kindergartens in NSW and Victoria are run by teachers unionsThe federal Government has proposed a new model of curriculum for state schoolsTeachers have threatened to walk off the job if their contracts are not renewedIn a recent letter to parents, NSW teachers’ union leader Chris Broughton wrote: “This is a time of heightened awareness for all of us about the dangers that we are putting students and families in.”
“The school year is a precious time and parents are rightly concerned about the wellbeing of their children.”
You will not be able to make your children feel safe by being on the losing side of the fight.
“If you do not want your children to experience this, I urge you to keep your kids home from kindergarten this school year.”
I encourage you to make an appointment with your local school to discuss this matter with the Headteacher.”‘
We are not allowed to leave our children alone’The teachers’ Union in NSW, the State Education Union, also called for the Government to “not only listen to parents and schools but to make sure that you can leave your children alone”.”
If a parent is not satisfied with the school, the school will not take their child home,” a spokeswoman for the State Teachers’ Union said.”
We are calling on the Government and school to do more to support families and schools in ensuring children are not placed in a situation where they are not safe.
“She said she was not surprised by the letters from teachers.”
The last two weeks have seen a very intense and divisive campaign that has been largely driven by the teachers unions,” she said.”[But] the fact is that parents have not spoken up, they have not voiced their concerns.
“There has been no discussion about this and parents have been told to stay home.”
That is not how a democratic society works.
“Parents and teachers are the real victims here and if we can’t talk to one another about this, then I think that’s the last thing we need.”
Teachers unions also told the Government it had “no right” to make teachers feel unsafe because they were members of unions.
“This is not about the teachers’ jobs or the jobs of other public sector workers,” the spokesman for the National Union of Teachers said.
“This issue has been around for years and it has been an issue for decades and decades.”
In fact, the last time the Federal Government tried to legislate against the union system was in the early 2000s.
“And that was in response to a union campaign that was targeting members of the public service in the public sector.”
Mr Broughson said he had met with several principals in his area and teachers.
He said teachers were the first ones to be told to leave school.
“They said that because they had been members of a union for years they were not supposed to be in the schools at all,” he said.
Topics:government-and-politics,education,education-resources,educationfinance,community-and-(organisations-and-)organisations,workers,education—state-issues,child-development,nsw,canberra-2600,actFirst posted May 15, 2020 18:28:00Contact Nicola RuggieroMore stories from New South Wales