New schools plan: union wary

SCHOOLS signed up for the Independent Schools Program will play a waiting game over the next few months, according to the Queensland Teachers Union, as the conditions for the new program have not yet been finalised.

The program which launches next year, aims to give 26 schools across the state - including Aldridge State High School - a chance to have more input into their focus and management.

Wide Bay QTU regional co-ordinator Scott Wolf said schools involved were still in the dark on a lot of fine print.

"The union isn't against the program, as it could have some great benefits," Mr Wolf said.

"We are just worried about the exact details of what it will involve, and how it will affect staff at those schools."

Mr Wolf said unions were trying to work with government to help protect employees at the independent schools, ahead of the release of the conditions later this year.

"At the moment we are working to make sure that schools like Aldridge will still be taken care of by the government," he said.

"We are also looking into how the program will impact the teacher transfer program, as we don't want other schools to be left out as the independent ones have preference."

Aldridge State High School principal Ross Higgins told the Chronicle earlier this week that the school had signed up to the program so it could make more of its own decisions, and work more within the community.



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