Minister ‘mischief-making’

NSW public school principals have been told they cannot participate in the federal government’s IPS Plan.

The NSW director-general of Education and Communities, Michele Bruniges has written to all principals saying individual schools can’t enter into arrangements with the commonwealth government.

“You may have heard about the Commonwealth government’s independent public schools initiative,” Dr Bruniges wrote. 

“You may be approached about this by your local federal member of Parliament. NSW public schools operate as part of a school system. Individual schools are therefore unable to enter into any such arrangement with the Commonwealth government. Any discussions about independent public schools will be conducted at a departmental level.”

Meanwhile, the NSW Teachers Federation has accused Education Minister Christopher Pyne of “mischief-making” and undermining the NSW government’s authority.

Federation president Maurie Mulheron said: “We oppose politicians directly contacting principals in their area as part of a political campaign.

“This was mischief-making, provocative and it crossed the line. We are glad Michele Bruniges clarified that Christopher Pyne does not control NSW public schools.”

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