Union calls for 'decades-old' school funding model revamp
THE union of public sector workers is calling for action to ensure better resources for the states' public primary and high schools which it says are struggling under the "burden of a decades-old funding regime".
Together Secretary Alex Scott said no one had touched funding models since the 1980s.
"This government pledged to review the model for allocating funding to administrative and support staff and we are contributing to that review," he said.
"The allocative funding model that determines resources for schools hasn't been looked at since the '80s, is woefully inadequate and that's hurting schools.
"We need all MPs to advocate for better resourcing for our schools and to stand with schools support staff, it's time for politicians to stand up for fair resources for schools support staff.
"School communities win when schools support staff are properly supported to do their jobs which allows the teachers to teach.
"We have these great science operations officers who are supporting science teachers in the labs and classrooms across our state.
"Principals don't have to worry about the grounds because Schools Officers, Business Services Managers and Administrative Officers have got it covered and our members deserve fair resourcing."
Mr Scott said the government had acknowledged the negative impacts of public service job cutting and privatising services and the importance of IT in schools.
"Adequate resourcing in the education department and in our schools is vitally important to the education and safety of our children and the future of our state," Mr Scott said.
The union has also met with the Queensland Education Minister, Kate Jones regarding the review under the Palaszczuk government's policy of ongoing community consultation.