An Aboriginal community controlled organisation that delivers a language program throughout remote and regional New South Wales has been drawing criticism for standing down teachers.
In a zoom meeting on November 22, the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group told teachers involved with its Aboriginal Languages and Culture Program that they were to be stood down on December 22 and that they would have to reapply for their positions in the new year.
The AECG refused an invitation to speak to NIRS on the issue however a statement by the organisation says several employees have lost their positions while teachers say the number of language teachers that have been stood down is actually 30 or more.
The statement also eludes to financial issues being the reason for the move.
One of the teachers who were stood down is Wiradjuri man David Towney.
He spoke to NIRS and says the the program had the cream of the crop in terms of skilled teachers and now many will likely not return.
A full statement from the AECG can be found here.