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