SA teachers' campaign targets minister

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A teachers' campaign targets minister

ADELAIDE — As the SA public school system fights to protect its future, the South Australian Institute of Teachers has called upon education minister Rob Lucas to remember his pre-election promise.

Prior to the state election in 1993, Lucas promised to treat public education as a priority, to maintain class sizes and increase funding.

Contrary to this, the Liberal government is projecting an $18 million cut to the education budget.

Teachers are demanding: no more budget cuts; that class sizes not exceed 25 in junior primary, 29 in years 3-10, 26 in years 11 and 12; that preschoolers get four lessons per week by trained teachers; that support workers remain in the public sector; that wage increases be budgeted for, not paid for by cutting into current funding.

Teachers at state schools have voted to participate in rolling stoppages over the next two weeks.

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