Libs To Increase School Counsellors


ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Education Minister Steve Doszpot announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will increase the number of school counsellors by 50 per cent. Mr Seselja said this policy is an important step towards helping teachers deal with troubled students.

“Between February 2010 and May 2011, police were called to public schools on approximately 76 occasions,” Mr Seselja said.

“Effective learning can’t occur where teaching is disrupted and students feel threatened.

“That’s why if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government would increase the number of school counsellors by 50 per cent.

“We’ll also consult with teachers, parents and relevant experts to improve on existing behaviour management and pastoral care systems in our schools, and consult with existing counsellors and teachers to identify alternative recruitment pathways for counsellors.

“This policy will cost $4.9 million over four years,” Mr Seselja concluded.

Mr Doszpot said fostering positive student behaviour is essential in the school system.

“The Canberra Liberals want to give teachers the extra support they need to help troubled students,” Mr Doszpot said.

“Teachers, parents, students and the local community should feel that they are part of a safe and supportive learning environment, and today’s announcement goes some way to address this.”