Class sizes could double, important subjects be scrapped and schools in rural and remote locations be forced to close as a result of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s new teacher and school support staff COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) MPs have warned.
The new mandate, announced in the Queensland Parliament this morning, will apply to private and public schools and include teachers, support and administration staff, volunteers and those entering for supply and maintenance.
KAP Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter said Queensland was already facing a teacher shortage, the impacts of which were more acutely felt in the regions where schools consistently struggled to recruit and retain quality staff.
He said he feared thousands of crucial teaching and support staff would be lost to Queensland’s schools as a result of today’s decision, and called for all governments to respect individual choice when it comes to vaccines.
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