MORE FUNDING: Fairer funding for schools was the rally cry at Biloela State High School.
MORE FUNDING: Fairer funding for schools was the rally cry at Biloela State High School. Contributed

Teachers Union protests education cuts

FAIRER funding for schools was the rally cry at Biloela State High School on Wednesday afternoon.

A group of about 60 people held up placards wanting to get the message across about stopping funding cuts for schools.

Queensland Teachers' Union representative for BSHS Tania Roach said it was a great turnout and positive response for the rally.

"We want to see fair funding for state schools and students are missing out on the support needed because of these cuts,” Tania said.

"The things we could do with numeracy and literacy funding would benefit the students so much.”

Tania said it was a great response of support by teachers, office staff, auxiliary staff and parents.

"The rally had a lot of positive feedback from people and even when they drove by tooting their car horns,” she said.

"Even though this is a busy time of year, it's been great to see the passion people have about their children's education.”

QTU Central Queensland organiser Dan Coxen said there were four important points the union wanted the rally to get across.

"Fairer funding, all schools properly resourced, upgrade classrooms and facilities, and more support for students with disabilities are all serious concerns,” Dan said.

The rally organisers wanted to point out the school funding plans under the current and previous Coalition governments will leave almost nine out of 10state schools below the national resource standard in 2023.

"The heart of the problem is that last year the Federal Government legislated to cap Commonwealth funding to public schools at 20per cent of the school resourcing standard while funding private schools at 80per cent of the school resourcing standard,” Dan said.

"We just want to try to get the Federal Government to commit to a full funding model.”


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