Teacher from Lara singles out Baillieu for criticism

The Baillieu Government continued to avoid dealing with the impact of their cuts to TAFE and education, having faced another day of prosecution in Parliament from the Labor Opposition, Shadow Education Minister James Merlino said.

Mr Merlino said the Premier was left red-faced after hearing some pointed criticism about his handling of the education system from a Lara-based teacher.

“Today the Premier heard some very unwelcome news about his handling of the state’s schools and TAFEs,” Mr Merlino said.

“Rebecca, herself a teacher, told us as part of her response to Labor’s ‘No More Cuts’ campaign that Mr Baillieu was ‘the worst Premier… (the) Victorian education system (has) ever had to deal with’.

“Mr Baillieu’s dismissal of this criticism shows that he doesn’t understand the damage that he is doing to Victoria’s schools and TAFEs.”

Member for Lara John Eren said comments like Rebecca’s were not in isolation.

“We have had nearly 900 responses to our campaign, which is showing a groundswell of disapproval about the Baillieu Government’s cuts to education and training,” he said.

“More and more people are telling us that the cuts are not okay, but after this week in Parliament it is clear Mr Baillieu and his Education Minister Martin Dixon simply aren’t listening.

“It’s also clear that Ted Baillieu is not working on education.”