‘Money not the answer for better outcomes’
Education Minister Peter Chandler says all Territory Government school principals were issued yesterday with their overall school staffing allocations for 2014.
Schools were advised of their base staffing allocation last semester, calculated on enrolments and attendance.
It is up to principals to then plan their final teacher and administration staffing configuration, to meet their school’s program needs.
“Principals will now finalise their staffing mix after taking into account their local context and school needs, and following consultations with staff,” Mr Chandler says.
“Our children’s schools and teachers are the best resourced in the country but our children’s education outcomes are the worst in the nation.
“Funnelling more money into a system that is failing our students, as Labor today suggested, is not the answer.
“Despite spending an extra $210 million dollars and hiring an extra 790 staff during its last five years in power, Labor oversaw little improvement in student results.
“Labor poured millions of dollars into establishing secondary schools in the bush and creating a middle school system, but there has been little noticeable improvement in outcomes.
“The Territory Government is determined to build a sustainable education system that is better designed to meet the needs of Territory students and improve their results.
“We are determined to apply an evidence-based approach that focuses on doing what works.
“In line with this, the Territory Government has ordered three reviews into Student – Teacher ratios, Middle Schools, and Indigenous Education.”
SOURCE: NT Government media release, issued 6pm, November 14, 2013.