Danger Allowance?

Whispers abound in the lofty heights of the Mitchell Centre in Darwin about having to pay teachers a “danger allowance”. Apparently all NT schools will be rated on a “risk scale”. Teachers working in higher risk schools would be paid an allowance according to the level of risk.

Welcome To Lauren Moss’s Terror Schools

NT Schools are the only schools in Australia where teachers need to have a tactical vest and helmet. The Umbakumba Community is getting some really great press at the moment. LINK

Is the Education Department secretly planning to hire Indian teachers once the pandemic is over? Nothing would surprise us here at The Trust.

Aspiring teachers wishing to come to the NT should have a read of this regional council site. LINK

Here is a worrying quote:

There is a need for culturally appropriate assistance to Indigenous people at risk of either causing harm or being harmed, including intoxicated people, people under the influence of substances, young people, victims of violence and the homeless.

Sounds a wonderful place, it conjures up romantic images of the noble savage! Anyone want come and save the world? Any “do gooders” out there?

Welcome to Lauren Moss’s “Terror Schools”.

TEACHING IN THE TERRITORY

Relevant Experience Tick Your Previous Teaching Experience.

Have you been:

Raped

Mugged

Stabbed

Assaulted

Humbugged

Bullied

Robbed

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When the Education Department’s webpages are examined they are out of date or hidden away with maintenance signs. Lauren Moss also has a transparency deficit.

Bullshit

AEU NT Comments On Umbakumba Violence Nothing New

Comments made by Jarvis Ryan, the AEU NT President about violence at Umbakumba would hardly be news to the Education Department. Umbakumba has had ongoing violence for decades, sure it comes in fits and starts but it has been ongoing.

Usually the Education Department will blame the teachers. It must be the poor programing or not having posters on the classroom walls that has caused the violence. The Department would even blame the teacher if the classroom wall was not there because vandals ripped it out.

As for Local Decision Making, it is yet another symbolic policy that the NT Government will pretend is working.

Umbakumba has one advantage, the violence makes a great cover for corruption in the school.

OK kids get out your knives and start chopping up your desks!

Perhaps Tony Considine has a great program on knife making and stabbing that will get the kids to school? Just sayin.

AEU NT LINK

THE NT EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL NEVER ADDRESS THE REALITY OF VIOLENCE AND CORRUPTION IN NT SCHOOLS

MOSS HAS NO CLUE ON NT SCHOOLS

Teaching In The Terror-try

Hell

Seems that many teachers leave the NT feeling that they have been to the “terror-try” (pronounced terror tree). The report made by ICAC regarding the alleged activities of Jennifer Lea Sherrington goes some way to highlight this problem.

Comments made by AEU NT Secretary Adam Lampe indicate that teachers have to “escape” from the “terror-try”. What an experience! North Korea in Australia?

What is Lauren Moss doing about the situation? Probably nothing!

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Remote Schools As Family Firms

The ICAC report into alleged corruption at Milingimbi School suggests that the Education Department has to make a major culture shift. The Education Department has given the principals of remote schools carte blanche, that is full discretionary power.

Many remote school principals have become nothing less than monsters. Principals with a dark paternalistic leadership style filled with nepotism, the need to control, greed, discrimination, opportunism, power, lust, revenge, bullying, vindictiveness and petty spite. An out of sight tyranny in a fiefdom created by the Education Department. Remote schools can be a dark paternalistic fiefdom.

No wonder teachers do not wish to work under such conditions. Who wants to be a serf?

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Public Servants Should Not Have To Leave The NT Because Their Managers Are Corrupt

Comments made by Adam Lampe to the ABC show that hard working honest public servants are being shafted by the Northern Territory Government in favour of those who are corrupt.

We quote from the ABC:

“If you’re a teacher and you’ve got an issue with a principal … generally speaking it’s the teacher that has to move, not the principal.”

He said both of the staff involved in the complaint had since left the school.

One was transferred to a different school in the Territory, and the other left the jurisdiction all together.

He said they were still reeling from the impacts of the ordeal and grappling with the fact that their concerns were dismissed at the time. LINK

AEU NT STATEMENT ABOUT MILINGIMBI CORRUPTION MAKES EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SEEM VERY DODGY INDEED!

We quote directly from a statement from the AEU NT published 6th July 2021.

Serious concerns relating management of Milingimbi School were first brought to the attention of the AEU NT Branch in mid-2017, when two teachers and AEU members employed at the school contacted our office with numerous and detailed complaints about practices within the school. Our members’ allegations were provided in writing and detailed.

AEU senior officers provided these allegations to senior DoE officers in August 2017, who agreed to investigate them. An external investigator was appointed. He visited Milingimbi at least once and produced a report for the Department in November 2017, which, our officers subsequently learned, found that the allegations were not substantiated. This outcome was confirmed to the employees who had made the complaint via letter from a senior departmental officer in December 2017.

DoE senior officers were thus made aware in mid-2017 of numerous concerns regarding this Principal’s conduct, thanks to the intervention of the AEU NT and the courage of our members who made the allegations at considerable professional risk. These two teachers were ostracised within the school at the principal’s behest because she suspected they had contacted the AEU. Their continuing employment there in such a hostile environment was untenable.

None of these comments come as a surprise to The Trust, we know the NT Government script. You can read the whole AEU NT statement at this Link.

The Trust also notes that the AEU NT did not conduct a media campaign at the material time they were contacted by union members with complaints against Jennifer Lea Sherrington, the principal of Milingimbi School at the time. Sadly unions seem to kowtow to the NT Government.

The AEU NT does not even name the principal concerned in the ICAC report. That says a lot about the approach taken by the AEU NT. Weak!