LOCAL TAFE teacher Gabi Harding is encouraging shire residents to attend next Wednesday's morning tea to mark National TAFE Day.
“While the NSW Government is focussing on trying to sell the idea of privatising electricity infrastructure, it is quietly going ahead with the effective privatisation of vocational education,” Ms Harding said.
“Instead of being supported for the value they provide, TAFEs are being forced increasingly to compete with private providers at the same time as facing deep funding cuts.
“TAFE has touched the lives of most Australian families at some time in their lives. TAFEs enrol more than a million students each year – more than attend university.
“TAFE provides opportunities for education throughout people's lives, with more than two thirds of students aged over 25.
“In every industry and in every area of the economy, TAFE is providing essential qualifications.
“In regional areas such as the Eurobodalla, our TAFE not only provides the opportunity for gaining skills, but it helps keep our young people living here, and it is also a significant employer in its own right.
“It's time to tell Mike Baird and his government to stop the cuts and support this valuable asset.
“You can help by celebrating National TAFE Day at Moruya TAFE.
Everyone is welcome, especially former students,” Ms Harding said.
The morning tea is on Wednesday, June 18 at 10.30am at Moruya TAFE on the Princes Highway, Moruya.