16 Jul 2018
Minister for Education
Minister for Education Selena Uibo today welcomed 38 new teachers who will be taking their places in Territory classrooms when school resumes next week.
“Being a teacher comes with great responsibility and is one of the most rewarding careers you can possibly have,” Ms Uibo, a former teacher, told the new Territory recruits.
“The Territory Labor Government knows teachers are key to achieving generational change and creating brighter futures for all Territorians, which is why we will always invest in education.
“The previous CLP Government slashed $135 million from the education budget and sacked teachers and frontline staff.
“Within a year of coming to Government, Labor had employed an extra 178 more school based staff, including 125 more teachers.”
The teachers commencing their roles in Territory schools range from recent graduates – including four from Charles Darwin University – to those with more than 25 years’ experience.
They come from near and far, with more than half the new cohort from interstate, and there are 12 men among the group.
Ms Uibo said the Territory Labor Government was delivering on its election commitments to re-invest in education, as evidenced by this year’s record $1.14 billion education budget.
“Every Territory child deserves access to a quality education, regardless of their location or circumstances, so they can engage, learn, grow and achieve their full potential,” she said.
“Having a secure and stable education workforce is a key priority for our government and we are delivering on our election commitments to provide support for our teachers as they perform their vital role of shaping the futures of our Territorian children.”
The new teachers take up positions in the following regions:
Children in Northern Territory government schools commence Term 3 next Tuesday, July 24.
Media contact: Kim Stephens 0417 683