TAFE cuts protest rally

ADVANCE TAFE staff, students and supporters will protest the government’s TAFE funding cuts outside Deputy Premier Peter Ryan’s Sale office tomorrow.

National Tertiary Education Union TAFE Gippsland branch secretary Sharon Spears said the cuts would hit the whole community.

“I am absolutely appalled and shocked by these funding cuts and what it will mean to our students, our staff and you, the local community,” she said.

Rally organisers want the community to go along and hear from the Advance TAFE staff and students the impact the funding cuts will have.

The full impact of the funding cuts for Advance TAFE will not be known until Thursday, when Advance TAFE chief executive Peter Heilbuth will brief staff on the restructuring of the TAFE’s courses.

Rally organisers argue that despite the forced restructure there will be significant impact to students and staff by way of courses axed, jobs lost, possible campus closures and enrolment fee increases.

The rally will begin at 12.15pm, tomorrow outside 54 Cunninghame St, Sale.