THE NSW Teachers Federation has accused the State Government of announcing a range of new vocational scholarships to divert attention from its plans to privatise TAFE.
NSW Premier Mike Baird said his government would commit $48 million to make TAFE free for 200,000 disadvantaged young students if re-elected in March.
NSW Teachers Federation president Maurie Mulheron said the statement was a smokescreen.
"This Smart and Skilled policy is designed to take public money out of the TAFE system and hand it over to private, for-profit companies," Mr Mulheron said.
"This is occurring at a time when the Baird Government has already cut TAFE funding, slashed courses, sacked teaching and support staff, and increased student fees."
- APN NEWSDESK