TAFE teacher activists from the Mid North Coast converged on Kempsey Riverside Markets on March 5 to engage with local people about TAFE cuts.
Local people in Kempsey were extremely supportive of their TAFE teachers and expressed disgust at the actions of the Baird Government in cutting jobs, courses and opportunity in towns such as Kempsey.
Many people told stories of how TAFE had helped them into employment. People were furious at the huge fee increases caused by the so-called Smart and Skilled reforms. Market-goers expressed concerns about the further privatisation of vocational education that is limiting the options for young people doing TAFE-delivered vocational education and training in their HSC. They all agreed that TAFE is too good to lose.
The new Stop TAFE Cuts petition was well supported on the day, with more than 250 signatures collected.
Federation will use the petitions to ask politicians, in this election year, to back our public TAFE system.
The union encourages all members to sign up to the petition here.