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Teachers’ union beat ‘utterly disgraceful and lazy’ complaining children back to school NSW

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Ben Fordham has let go of the ‘utterly disgraceful and lazy’ teachers’ union over objection to schools going back a week early for being ‘not ready’.

The 2GB radio host accused the union of “seeking apologies for not returning to work” after reading a statement from the Independent Education Union.

“This all started on July 6th, when the school holidays started… and you haven’t had time to prepare?” he said.

‘What have you been up to? The rest of the world is getting ready for when we return to normal. Absolutely and utterly disgraceful, lazy, and there is no defense for it.’

NSW students will return to the classroom a week ahead of schedule on Oct. 18 as the state pushes ahead to meet major vaccination goals

Ben Fordham unleashed 'utterly disgraceful and lazy' teachers' union over objection to schools going back a week early for 'not ready'

Ben Fordham unleashed ‘utterly disgraceful and lazy’ teachers’ union over objection to schools going back a week early for ‘not ready’

Students in NSW will return to the classroom a week ahead of schedule on Oct. 18 as the state moves ahead of meeting key vaccination goals.

Fordham said parents “can’t wait” to get their kids back in class because many of them have developed “depression” as a result of not seeing their friends.

“Now, on day 97 of this lockdown, are you saying your teachers aren’t ready to go back to class a week earlier?” he said about the union.

IEUA Acting Secretary Carol Matthews joined his show to argue that teachers across the state did not have enough time to get vaccinated.

She said that while shots were being offered to educators in Sydney, there were problems with supplies, particularly Pfizer, in regional areas.

‘The government has to take some responsibility here. If they want to change the policy every week, they have to consult, then they have to support schools,” Ms Matthews said.

‘What does the education sector do?’ replied Fordham. “You find excuses not to go back to work.

There are concerns that not all teachers will be vaccinated against COVID-19 in time as NSW students return to the classroom a week ahead of schedule

There are concerns that not all teachers will be vaccinated against COVID-19 in time as NSW students return to the classroom a week ahead of schedule

Fordham said parents 'can't wait' to get their kids back in class as many of them have developed 'depression' as a result of not seeing their friends

Fordham said parents ‘can’t wait’ to get their kids back in class as many of them have developed ‘depression’ as a result of not seeing their friends

Ms Matthews said teachers had been working remotely during the pandemic and rejected his suggestion, saying the government should even carry out ventilation checks in classrooms.

“Kids won’t wear masks, kids won’t be vaccinated, so it’s easy to compare schools to pubs, but none of the protections that apply in pubs will apply to schools,” she said.

“The Victorian government funds non-governmental schools to fund their filtration.

‘It’s not so much about the teachers, but about the buildings. Are the buildings safe for the students?’

There are concerns about expediting the return to the classroom with the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council concerned about teacher shortages.

“The return to school must be based on advice from @NSWHealth, must be monitored and safe for our students and staff,” it tweeted.

‘Our employees must have time to prepare for a possible switch from home education to face-to-face. We need time to fully vaccinate staff and eligible students.”

The Independent Education Union is concerned about a lack of consultation and believes the former roadmap was the safest option.

Ms. Matthews told AAP that the union had not been consulted and that there was a lot of “nervousness” given the contagiousness of the Delta variant.

“I don’t think people will be ready to adjust that data,” she said.

“Kids won’t wear masks, kids won’t be vaccinated, so it’s easy to compare schools to pubs, but none of the protections that apply in pubs will apply to schools,” says Matthews.

Meanwhile, the deadline for health professionals to have had at least one COVID-19 vaccination is here. Those who have not done so must take unpaid leave.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said 97.5% of NSW Health’s workforce would have been vaccinated on Thursday.

“If you don’t care enough to get vaccinated and take care of your colleagues, if you don’t care enough to take care of your patients, then you probably shouldn’t be in the health system,” he said Wednesday.

Across the state, about 863 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and a record 15 deaths.

Visits to retirement homes will also be allowed from October 11 with two fully vaccinated people able to visit one resident per day.

Meanwhile, the city of Oberon has been put on lockdown for a week due to an increased risk of COVID-19 transmissions.

The order to stay at home applies to anyone who has been in the municipality of Oberon since September 20.

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