Teachers: vocational scholarships a TAFE diversion tactic

THE NSW Teachers Federation has accused the State Government of announcing a range of new vocational scholarships to divert attention from its plans to privatise TAFE.

NSW Premier Mike Baird said his government would commit $48 million to make TAFE free for 200,000 disadvantaged young students if re-elected in March.

NSW Teachers Federation president Maurie Mulheron said the statement was a smokescreen.

"This Smart and Skilled policy is designed to take public money out of the TAFE system and hand it over to private, for-profit companies," Mr Mulheron said.

"This is occurring at a time when the Baird Government has already cut TAFE funding, slashed courses, sacked teaching and support staff, and increased student fees."

- APN NEWSDESK



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