education

“When a school closes, it can kill a community”

Summer/Autumn 1994

Susan Garrett is a TAFE student who lives in the small Gippsland town of Meeniyan. Her daughter, Liz, has just completed grade 6 at Meeniyan Primary School. “I’ve lived here for five years. I’ve had four children go through the state school system. I’m a firm believer in consultation and parent involvement. This year, Meeniyan… Read more »

“Get yourself a sponsor and become a BHP Kinder!”

Summer/Autumn 1994

Peter Yates is an unemployed social worker who became “redundant” in 1992 as a result of a job-slashing program. In 1993, he was President of the voluntary parent management committee,which runs the Greensborough Kindergarten and active in the resistance to the Kennett government’s draconian kindergarten cuts. “Previously the management committee was normally the employer, but… Read more »

“Job Satisfaction, It’s A Joke!”

Summer/Autumn 1994

Paula Pope is a sole parent who works as a sessional teacher. She teaches in the Associate Diploma of Community Development at Broadmeadows TAFE. “I get paid $23 per hour, but only for the time I spend in front of the class. I don’t get paid for preparation, or for administrative work or assessment. I… Read more »

“You have to be very assertive to get assistance!”

Summer/Autumn 1994

Nasrin Aidvandi, who was born in Iran, is studying Computing Information Technology at the Monash University, Caulfield Campus. “Although I intend to study full-time this year, I may find that, as a parent of a young child, I’m forced to drop some subjects. Tutorial times are allocated on a first-in basis. The most popular time… Read more »

“My work life became unbearable!”

Summer/Autumn 1994

In 1982 Karen Sellenger began teaching humanities in a technical school. She taught full-time in Melbourne’s northern suburbs until she took a “voluntary” redundancy package (VDP) in April 1993. I spoke to Karen, who is now unemployed, about how voluntary this was. “The school went through a ‘reorganisation.’ After the amalgamation, the new school was… Read more »

“They recognise my debt, but they won’t recognise my results!”

Summer/Autumn 1994

Jennifer Allen grew up in the western suburbs and studied arts at Melbourne University after getting excellent results in her VCE studying in an adult TAFE program. Jennifer deferred after one semester of study. “When I arrived at uni, the lectures were very overcrowded. Students were sitting in the aisles. The major problem I had… Read more »

State Education: The School of Hard Knocks!

Summer/Autumn 1994

Across the country, students and workers in all sectors of education are organising against cutbacks, increased costs and a “reform” agenda that is turning education into a servant of industry. Last year, Queensland teachers took strike action against cuts, Canberra secondary school students organised militant walkouts to protest reduced staff numbers and academics held a… Read more »

Labor’s “Graduate Tax” – Will It Make the Rich Pay?

Summer 1988/1989

The National Conference of the Australian Labor Party held in Hobart during June removed the plank from the ALP’s platform, which stated that tertiary education will be free. This policy move is designed to make way for the introduction of some form of graduate tax, as proposed by the Wran Committee. The decision of the… Read more »