Teachers claims wrong

NSW Education Minister Verity Firth has hit back at claims by a local teachers' association that country schools are being forced to buy expensive classrooms built in Sydney rather than cheaper local products.

Saturday's Daily Examiner featured comments by members of the Lower Clarence Teachers Association that the NSW Department of Education and Training insisted that Federal Government funding be used to buy Sydney-built classrooms.

However, a spokesperson from Minister Firth's office denied this.

“The NSW Government is delivering the Commonwealth's Building the Education Revolution on time and on budget,” the spokesperson said.

“We want schools to get maximum benefit from this program and create ... and support local jobs.”

The spokesperson did, however, confirm that 'a small percentage' of the money would be spent on prefabricated buildings because they could be delivered quickly and with a minimum of fuss.

“We want schools to get maximum benefit.”



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