Greens MP Dawn Walker to tour New England protesting against new TAFE Connected Learning Centres

GREENS MP Dawn Walker says Connected Learning Centres will be the death of TAFE.

TAFE PROTEST: Greens MP Dawn Walker will be visiting the region.

TAFE PROTEST: Greens MP Dawn Walker will be visiting the region.

Ms Walker said digital hubs, currently being rolled out in Glen Innes and Tenterfield, with headquarters in Armidale, would be a blow to vocational education.

“The National Party [wants] to sell-off our TAFE campuses, cut teaching staff and replace face-to-face learning with online modules in tacky shopfronts,” she said.

MP Adam Marshall with Megan Aitken and Lyn Rickard visiting the Armidale campus in May to officially launch the first wave of recruitment. Photo: Rachel Baxter.

MP Adam Marshall with Megan Aitken and Lyn Rickard visiting the Armidale campus in May to officially launch the first wave of recruitment. Photo: Rachel Baxter.

But Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said the Glen Innes CLC would in fact see full-time teaching jobs and courses double.

Currently there are two full-time and 26 part-time teachers at the Glen Innes campus, with full-time positions set to double to four by November.

Communities should be very alarmed about this government’s ongoing attempts to undermine our public TAFE system.

Dawn Walker, Greens MP

The campus currently offers five courses.

Ms Walker will visit TAFE campuses in Glen Innes, Tenterfield, Murwillumbah and Quirindi this week as part of her ‘Teachers not Terminals’ tour.