Education sector fine with minister change

THOSE in the education sector are confident the loss of the minister two weeks out from the start of the school year will have little impact.

Premier Lara Giddings sacked Education Minister Nick McKim yesterday morning, handing the portfolio to former principal and Attorney-General Brian Wightman from today.

A number of significant issues are in the pipeline, with the new viability policy on school enrolments expected to have been signed off before Christmas, yet nothing has been announced.

The Australian Education Union state president Terry Polglase said yesterday there would be little disruption to the portfolio as long as a minister was in place.

The union is still waiting to hear if members will accept the government's enterprise bargaining agreement offer before it can be signed off.

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Tasmanian Association of State School Organisations president Jenny Eddington expected the election would bring a number of issues to the fore, including the debate about extending year 11 and 12 in high schools and disability funding.

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