TAFE cuts raise fears

THE quality of TAFE teaching and education will be jeopardised, with more than 800 qualified workers losing their jobs in the next year, the teachers' union warns.

TAFE institutions in south-west Sydney will be affected by the federal government's budget cuts expected to reduce the number of teaching staff, obliging students to use private tutors.

NSW TAFE Teachers Association president Phil Chadwick, who is also a teacher of electrical trades at Miller College, said teachers and students were concerned about their future.

"Teachers are feeling very insecure, we're worried about the future and the future of our students," he said.

He also said some courses would be moved to different campuses while other nominated courses will no longer run.

"English for speakers of other languages, basic adult education, multicultural, disability and the reducing number of courses will force students to attend another TAFE class," he said.

"You're not going to have the same number of courses at locals institutions that they do now.

"The cuts may end the idea of the local TAFE colleges alltogether."

Federal MP for Fowler Chris Hayes said: "This decision threatens to decrease the quality of future workers.

"The cuts will be damaging," Mr Hayes said.

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