Retirement Scheme Not Very Retiring

Retirement Scheme Not Very Retiring

Tasmania Shadow Minister for Education and Skills Michael Ferguson

Minister Must Come Clean Over Early Teacher Retirements

Victor P Taffa

Education Minister Lin Thorp’s so called early Retirement Scheme has again been proven to be an expensive farce, as the Tasmanian Liberals can reveal that teachers that took payouts will be able to return to permanent Education Department jobs within five years, Shadow Minister for Education and Skills Michael Ferguson said today.

“How this can be considered a Retirement Scheme when those who took payouts of up to $20,000 are able to return to work after just five years?” Mr. Ferguson asked.

“The Minister claimed that the scheme would promote generational change within the teaching workforce through the hiring of new graduates, but only 11 graduates have been hired, despite 57 teachers retiring and now we learn that those 57 will be able to return to work anyway.”

“This again proves that Ms. Thorp’s short sighted plan is nothing more than a temporary budget savings measure and hundreds of University of Tasmanian education graduates are still moving interstate or into the Private Sector to get jobs.” Mr. Ferguson said.

“We need to have a good, healthy range of experience levels and ages in the teaching workforce, together with a sustainable range of specialist teachers.”

“The Minister needs to develop a model that will attract teachers with the specialist skills and age profile that will ensure that we don’t have to deal with a large number of recruitments in a short period of time.” Mr. Ferguson said.