Posted October 09, 2018 07:09:57 The world’s biggest school system, with more than 1,300 schools across nearly 1,400 cities and towns, has been closed, leaving many parents in a financial bind.
The closure was announced by the National Union of Teachers, which represents teachers and other workers.
“Our schools are going to close,” said a spokesman for the National Association of School and College Leaders.
“Parents need to make sure their children are ready to go to school.
We are asking parents to find other ways to fund their children’s education, and to do that we are asking them to make savings.”
In Victoria, the National Teachers Union said the closure of all schools will leave about 7,500 students without a place to go.
The union said there will be “a very challenging time” for parents and teachers.
The school closure will affect the Victorian Government’s school funding model, which will require a $40 million increase in funding to keep up with rising tuition fees.
The NUTU said that will mean that students will be on a higher per-student payment plan and some families will have to make up the difference through a combination of tax credits and grants.
Parents and teachers will have no choice but to rely on the Government’s funding to fund the school system.
Some schools are already struggling financially, the union said.
It has also revealed that some schools are closing their doors due to a lack of staff, while others are relying on private sector employees for teaching.
In some areas of Victoria, school closures have resulted in “significant disruption”, including in northern Victoria, where schools are shutting for the first time since 2001.
Mr Turnbull announced the closure on Monday and said the government would provide “an emergency fund” of $5 million to help families cope.
The National Union said it will not be surprised if families are left in a “mess”.
“I think it’s important to keep in mind that there will only be one school in this country, and it’s in Victoria,” the union’s national secretary, Steve Watson, said.
“If you’re going to be a parent you have to be prepared to provide your child with a place where they can go.”
The union’s statement said parents should also be prepared for a number of challenges including changing to a new system, finding a new job and a child’s learning experience.
It said many parents had already been told that they can’t send their children to school if they don’t meet certain criteria.
The Union said that was a “very worrying scenario” for many parents, and urged them to find alternative ways to help.
“We are asking our members to make a contribution to help these families find a solution to their financial problems,” Mr Watson said.
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) said it was disappointed that the closure was being announced.
“The closure of school schools is an important first step towards providing families with better opportunities for their children and it is a welcome one,” ACOSS regional director Rachel Fennell said.
However, Ms Fennel said parents needed to consider other ways of paying for their child’s education.
“Many parents are working on an income, and many have already put away a significant portion of their income for the school year,” she said.
She said parents were also facing a lot of stress.
“It’s really important that parents understand that they don.
It’s not their fault if their child does not finish their degree,” she explained.
The Victorian Government has confirmed the closure and said it would provide an emergency fund of $500,000 to help school families.
The Education Department said it is committed to providing the best education possible to every child, including those who are eligible for free or reduced price school.
The Government said it had been working with parents to “support” the transition from schools to homes.
“As we have said, our primary focus is on supporting families through the transition,” Education Minister Scott Emerson said.
He said schools were the “first place to start” when it came to supporting students in the new environment.
Mr Emerson said schools had a responsibility to “bring home the education” of their students.
“In Victoria, we are the only major state in Australia that does not provide free or cheap primary and secondary education,” he said.
Ms Fynell said it’s vital the Government take steps to ensure families can still send their child to school and find new jobs.
“At the moment we are working with schools and parents to provide support to parents to get them through the school transition, and we will continue to do so in the coming weeks and months,” she added.
The ABC’s Sarah Dingle reports from Melbourne’s CBD.