The Australian Greens today welcomed the call to abolish HECS for student teachers as a good way to start redressing inequalities in higher education and encourage more people into teaching, Greens higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said today.
“The Greens strongly support the NSW Teachers Federation call for student teachers’ HECS debts to be waived,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“The Greens have an ambitious policy for free higher education and are ready to support forgiving HECS fees for high achieving students.
“This plan would help to attract more talented students to consider teaching as an attractive career.
“Considering the challenges of finding teaching staff to develop the education programs we need to develop Australia as an innovative nation I would urge state and federal education ministers to give this proposal serious consideration.
“This is a creative idea that would help to improve teacher quality. It provides the necessary encouragement for more students to take up public teaching as a profession,” Senator Rhiannon said.