Queensland Teachers' Union president Kevin Bates.
Queensland Teachers' Union president Kevin Bates. Renee Pilcher

Budget disappoints Qld teachers

BUT wait, there's less.

That's the message Queensland teachers have deciphered from the state budget.

Queensland Teachers' Union president Kevin Bates said the Education Department had provided funding for 270 teachers, teacher aides and support staff despite a departmental estimate there needed to be 837 extra staff to meet enrolment growth.

"The shortfall is being funded by redirecting existing staffing allocations that have been used by schools to limit class sizes, provide early literacy support and allow schools to offer a broader curriculum, particularly in high schools," Mr Bates said.

"The overall education budget is up by a tiny 0.3%, which is far short of projected inflation of 2.75% and will do nothing to help schools meet day-to-day operating costs.

"Now it seems that teachers and principals are being told by the Government: but wait, there's less."

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the Government had allocated $4.9 million to providing full time teacher-aides in 150 prep classes each year in areas of need.