Three enrolments to keep teacher

THREE more students, that’s all it would take to stop one of Gympie Central State School’s teachers from being transferred to another school.

Gympie Central’s P and C president Andrew Hosking said he was yet to find out which teacher would leave and didn’t know who would make the decision.

Enrolments were down this year from 231 students on day eight last year to 202 this year.

Education Queensland North Coast Regional Executive Director Greg Peach said enrolments were lower than anticipated and there weren’t enough students to keep all the teachers.

“Each year enrolments are dropping,” Mr Hosking said.

He said the school couldn’t really afford to lose a teacher because of three students.

“In reality, there are enough students to warrant a teacher.”

Mr Hosking said other classes would be overloaded if a teacher was lost, or a composite class might be created.

Mr Hosking said he didn’t know why the school’s numbers had dwindled, saying the school did really well on the new My School website compared to others schools the same size.

“Central is noted as a really good primary school with good, old-school teachers.

“But what the government says goes.”

The school has just received federal funding for new facilities and Mr Hosking said losing teachers and students could jeopardise future funding.

Mr Peach said One Mile State School would gain a teacher as a result of the enrolment figures. In 2009, the school had 471 students and in 2010, 487.

Monkland State School’s enrolments have slightly increased from 97 last year to 100 currently and the school will keep the same number of teachers.

At Gympie East State School, enrolments increased from 140 to 156 this year, gaining a teacher as a result.

Gympie West State School’s numbers grew by 81 students this year and three more teachers have been allocated.

Even though Chatsworth State School’s numbers declined by 16 students, the nine teachers on staff will stay at the school.

Jones Hill State School’s student numbers also fell, by six, but will keep all 19 teachers.

Queensland Teachers Union regional organiser Greg Purches said any teacher transferred in Gympie would most likely go to another Gympie school.

Gympie Times


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