TAFE Cuts Media Coverage, 30-31 May
‘Savage’ cuts to hurt students
By BRAD WORRALL, May 30, 2012, midnight
A VETERAN of Wodonga TAFE says the funding cuts announced in the Victorian budget this month will “decimate the sector”.
Yesterday about 250 teachers and students rallied at the entry way to the institute claiming it was those least able to defend themselves who would suffer and suggested local management was downplaying what will be a “massive” cutback.
Television Coverage 30 May 2012
The Wodonga rally was the Win TV headline all evening in the news promos until it was reported at 6:30. Prime7 interviewed a La Trobe student and two members of NTEU La Trobe Branch which can be seen at the end of this clip of the rally:
Today's Bendigo rally was extensively reported in this ABC multimedia story, including video of part of Colin's speech:
TAFE cuts 'will outnumber Qantas losses'
Bianca Hall Education Correspondent, May 31, 2012
MORE jobs will be lost from the Victorian TAFE sector by July than from the Qantas job losses, according to modelling to be released today.
The Victorian TAFE Association has calculated at least 550 TAFE teaching and support jobs will be lost within weeks, including 200 from regional Victoria and 350 from metropolitan Melbourne. It cautioned these estimates were conservative.
Rally airs TAFE cuts anger
Updated May 31, 2012 09:28:47
People in central Victoria have publicly declared their support for the local [Bendigo] TAFE institute, which is at risk of losing courses, funding and up to 120 staff.
Students, teachers and education unions rallied outside the TAFE yesterday in protest of the Victorian Government's decision to slash $300 million from the sector over the next three years.
Students, staff and union members protest TAFE budget cuts
By Stephanie Corsetti and Corey Hague, 30 May, 2012 1:37PM AEST
Students, staff and union members gathered outside the Bendigo TAFE for a rally against million dollar funding cuts to the sector.
"Save TAFE, Sack Ted," was the catch-cry in response to the Baillieu government slashing an estimated 300 million dollars from the sector over the next three years.
Students and staff vent anger over Bendigo TAFE cuts
CHLOE ROSS, 31 May, 2012 07:16 AM
MORE than one hundred staff, students and supporters rallied outside Bendigo TAFE yesterday to protest plans to cut $8-9 million from the local institute budget.
The group was joined by Australian Nursing Federation and United Voice delegates to support the Australian Education Union in its attempt to reverse the state government’s plans to slash $290 million from 18 TAFE institutes across the state.
$70k tightrope to walk an $18m chasm
John Ross, May 31, 2012 12:00AM
VICTORIAN TAFEs will be given $70,000 each to help plot the way forward, as a third institute announces redundancies.
The grants to the state’s 18 institutes are designed to help them develop “transition plans” in the wake of this month’s funding cuts, which the TAFEs estimate will cost them about $300m a year.
Protesters rally against closure of Auslan course
Posted May 30, 2012 14:17:37
More than 200 people have rallied at State Parliament calling on the Government to save the state's only TAFE-based sign language course.
The Kangan Institute will close its Auslan course by the end of the year, saying budget cuts to the TAFE sector are to blame.
Vic sign language cuts 'discriminatory'
15:22 AEDT Wed May 30 2012
Funding cuts that threaten the future of the only TAFE sign language diploma course in Victoria are discriminatory to deaf people, a crowd of protesters has been told.
Several hundred people gathered outside the Victorian Parliament on Wednesday to protest the state government's cuts to the Kangan Institute, which has informed students it will be forced to close its Australian Sign Language (Auslan) course by the end of the year.
Victorian TAFE chaos: a lesson in how not to reform vocational education
Leesa Wheelahan, 30 May 2012, 2.29pm AEST
The Victorian government’s TAFE cuts have shown other states exactly what not to do. Flickr/Takver
For years, those concerned with vocational education and training have worried about how to lift the public profile of TAFEs. But what has taken many years for some – without much success – the Baillieu government in Victoria has done in a matter of weeks.
The state government’s cuts to TAFE in the May budget has put vocational training front and centre of public attention. All the while demonstrating a surprisingly deep well of public regard for these educational institutions.
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