Teachers who are union members are refusing to complete comments on student reports for term four, as industrial action in the public sector continues to strengthen.
Acting Education Minister Elise Archer said the action was being taken despite the government offering a payrise to the education sector and more broadly to public servants.
”The latest list of threats by the AEU includes directing members to refuse to complete comments on students reports for term four. If carried through, this action will leave many parents in the dark about their child’s learning for the end of the school year,” Ms Archer said.
“Parents around the state will be confused about why the union is punishing families and students when the Government has put a payrise offer of 6 per cent over three years on the table.”
AEU advice to members also directs teachers to stop recording student attendance at schools
Ms Archer said this put student safety in jeopardy.
“Centrally recording attendance each day enables schools to keep track of individual students within the broader system and is important to ensure student safety,” she said.
“The AEU needs to stop punishing children and parents in their quest for a bigger payrise. The government is offering a fair and affordable payrise of 6 per cent over three years, which will allow us to employ 250 more teachers over the next 6 years, on top of the 142 teachers we have already employed since 2014.”
The AEU joined union representatives from AMNF, HACSU and the CPSU, among others, in large scale industrial action last week, with stop work meetings and rallies across the state.
They are disputing the payrise offer by the government and lobbying for it to scrap the 2 per cent wages cap in place for public sector employees.