Class sizes won't increase despite budget cuts: Minister
MINISTER for Education John-Paul Langbroek has defended claims from the Queensland Teachers Union that budget cuts would increase class sizes on the Fraser Coast.
"Despite having to make difficult decisions we have maintained our pre-election commitment to frontline services," Mr Langbroek said.
"We expect that teacher numbers, teacher aides and support staff numbers in our schools will grow by approximately 270 FTE from the start of the 2013 school year."
Mr Langbroek was responding to comments made by QTU regional organiser Scott Welch, who said Fraser Coast schools believed they would not get any new teachers next year to account for growth in student numbers.
Mr Welch made the comments after it was announced 14 positions were cut from education and training offices on the Fraser Coast.
A spokesman for Mr Langbroek confirmed none of the 14 positions were school or TAFE-based staff but did not say whether any of those positions were cut from the Department of Education Maryborough office.