Australia TAFE teachers' claim cuts force them to bring toilet paper to work

00:50  10 august  2018
00:50  10 august  2018 Source:

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© Rob Homer "Fitzroy Street Campus has completely run out of toilet paper and we are being forced to bring our own," a teacher wrote in an email. Teachers at TAFE campuses in Sydney and regional NSW say they have had to bring their own toilet paper to work and staff are having to barter for stationery after purchase orders were delayed or not approved.

"[Dubbo TAFE's] Fitzroy Street Campus has completely run out of toilet paper and we are being forced to bring our own. This goes for the student's toilets too," a staff member who did not wish to be named wrote in an email.

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The weather was grey and drizzly, my banner, saying “No more cuts ” was hastily made the night before and I really wished I had brought a whistle. One primary school in East Sussex even asked parents to donate essential items including glue, pencils, sticky tape and toilet rolls.

A spokesman for TAFE NSW denied the claims.

"To be very clear, there is no freeze on the purchase of essential items, such as stationery, software and toilet paper," he said.

"Any suggestion that campuses and teachers were directed not to purchase these items is absurd and untrue."

A teacher at another western Sydney TAFE told the Herald that some staff are now bartering with other sections for stationery and he recently had to "steal batteries" from another section.

"Some sections didn't have copy paper and that was when the bartering started to happen," the teacher, who wanted to remain anonymous, said.

"I needed some batteries the other day and I talked to an admin person who knew where there were some so we had to go over and steal some.

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More than half of school staff feel they have to dip into their own pockets for basic essentials – including food, tampons and clothes for vulnerable children – as school funding cuts bite. Meanwhile staff are left out of pocket bringing basic necessities like toilet paper from home.”

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"But staff at another TAFE don't have toilet paper and people are being told to bring their own. It's amazing, it's like we're in a Third World country."

The teacher also said that he has been unable to buy software that students need to complete assessments and other key parts of the course.

"I was initially told to hold off on the purchase for a week so I put it into the system and that kicked off a chain of events where I found out head teachers can't approve anything and we can't order anything at the moment," he said.

"The problem is that students were told at the start of the semester that these are the assessments we have and now, three weeks in, we're going to turn around and say the resources we promised you were going to have, you don't have them anymore.

"If I'm a student who has paid more than $2000 for a course that's also being subsidised by the government, I'd be pretty annoyed."

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Deputy secretary of NSW Teachers Federation Maxine Sharkey said the federation has been contacted by "dozens of staff at different colleges" who have complained about a range of shortages including running out of whiteboard markers, photocopier cartridges and globes for projectors.

In an email sent to staff on Friday, TAFE NSW's managing director Jon Black told staff to "be more commercial and considered in how we spend, negotiate and maximise savings opportunities".

"Review your planned expenditure and eliminate costs or activities that do not support essential business activities. This will allow us to focus resources on frontline learning and delivery," Mr Black wrote.

Ms Sharkey said she has been told by a senior TAFE manager that the expenditure issues are linked to the ongoing decline in TAFE enrolments, with a disproportionate fall in students doing higher-level advanced diplomas.

"They're saying there's been a loss of revenue through a loss of fees which has caused the budget problems," Ms Sharkey said.

There was a 6.8 per cent fall in students at TAFEs and other government-funded vocational education providers in NSW and a 6.5 per cent fall nationally between 2016 and 2017.

The number of students enrolled in advanced diploma programs fell by 11.7 per cent over that period nationally.

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