Teachers send message to government with one-day strike

Picture by Catrina Wilson
Picture by Catrina Wilson
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Teachers from all over the county sent a very clear message about education concerns by taking part in a one-day strike.

More than 110 Sussex schools closed either fully or in part as members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) stayed away from the classrooms and took part in rallies in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings.

The industrial action today (July 5) was called to protest school funding cuts, which have left hundreds of schools struggling to balance their budgets, as well as teachers’ pay and conditions.

Of the 210,458 ballot papers issued to NUT members, 51,530 were returned – a turnout of 24.5 per cent. Of those who voted, 91.7 per cent supported strike action.

Kevin Courtney, acting general secretary of the NUT said: “No teacher finds taking strike action easy but the situation in our schools needs to be urgently addressed.

“School budgets are being cut to the bone.

“The effect on children’s education is clear. Class sizes are going up, subjects are being removed from the curriculum, especially in the arts, while teaching posts are being cut or not replaced.”

He added: “Now more than ever in these uncertain times we need a properly funded and staffed education system.”

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