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Teachers slam Education Minister

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TEACHERS wanted to go on strike and picket outside the Education Minister’s office after he said they had a lot of “down time” and could afford to look after more students.

Education Minister Peter Chandler made the comments after his Government decided to increase student-teacher ratios in senior and middle schools.

The ratios determine how many teachers are sent to a school, not the number of students in each class.

He said on Friday: “There’s quite a bit of down time for teachers.” >> read more at ntnews

This article by ntnews (Northern Territory News) outlines the comments Education Minster Peter Chandler made about teachers and the student-teacher ratio increases.

The article mainly shines a negative light on the Minister. It’s quite a short article, and although it has quotes from the Chandler himself, it still seems to portray him as the “bad guy”. That might sound childish, but somehow the article manages to shape the quotes from the Minister to make him sound arrogant.

“If there’s 27 students in a class with one teacher, but you’ve got a teacher-student ratio of 14:1, what are all the other teachers doing?” Minister Chandler said.

The article includes quotes from Australian Education Union NT president Matthew Cranitch. He explains the amount of work teachers have to do and that their “time off” isn’t actually hours they spend relaxing at school, those hours are spent marking, preparing and writing reports.

“It demonstrated to me, and many others, that he doesn’t quite understand education and what teachers actually do,” he said of the Minister’s comments.

The article appeals to teachers. If a teacher were to read this news story, they would definitely finish reading it feeling happy that the article had addressed the issues with the comments made by the minister, and also happy that they made the Minister seem uneducated about the amount of work teachers do.

The article also includes one of the comments that was written by a reader in the body of the text, labelled YOUR SAY. This is becoming a common method on news websites to allow the readers to interact with the story and give a response.

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