Teachers will be less represented, accountability to politicians will be heightened and the pressure on schools to spend time and resources on administration rather than learning will increase under the proposed changes to the BOSTES structure and functions. The Union is concerned that the State Government seeks to create a climate of opaque authority for themselves without taking responsibility for its impact.
The panel established to review the structure and functions of BOSTES has delivered their report and made 41 recommendations across 13 areas. State Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has given every indication that the NSW Government proposes to accept all the recommendations.
We are concerned that the review itself was rushed and some of the methodology questionable. An issues paper inviting written submissions was released on March 31 and submissions closed on April 21. Those three weeks included the Easter holidays and the long weekend. The brief and very general online survey was open for only eight days and attracted responses from only 4722 people, 51% of who identified as classroom teachers.
We are wary of a concentration of power into a lean and mean authority that in its present form still has not