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Questions arise after merger of NSW teaching bodies

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli
NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli Contributed

UNION bosses say "dozens of fundamental questions" need to be answered about the sudden merger of two NSW teaching bodies.

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli announced this week he had cabinet approval to bring together the Board of Studies and NSW Institute of Teachers into one central authority.

He said the move was not about cost cutting but about sharing expertise between the two groups to improve education in NSW.

The new Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards, which becomes operational early next year, has been widely supported by the education sector but the union representing Catholic and independent schools remained unconvinced about the wisdom of the decision in Tuesday..

IEU General Secretary John Quessy said the case for the merger had not been made and prior consultation should have taken place.

He said rather than being given the opportunity to question the change, unions got a phone call telling them the decision had been made.

Since the O'Farrell government came into power the union has been lobbying to fix a number of "administrative problems" for teachers and has proposed several amendments to the Institute of Teachers Act.

Mr Quessy said an informed judgement about the change could not be made until a draft of the legislation was made available.

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