Support parent’s right to higher education! #TEAMHUDSON
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Dannielle and her charming son, Hudson, attend classes once a week at Glendale TAFE as Dannielle studies her Bachelor in Early Childhood Education, but now their attendance is at risk!
In 2016, Dannielle pushed herself to complete her course work whilst pregnant, ensuring she stayed on track with her degree completion date. Now 5 months old, little Hudson attends class with his mum, as he is exclusively breastfed and has a strong bond with Dannielle. Hudson is a sweet natured child with a content disposition, he has never disrupted the learning of students.
However after an unjustified complaint (from someone not in Dannielle’s class), the possibility for parents to care for their children and complete their degree is now being questioned. Glendale TAFE are now reconsidering the allowance of student’s to bring their children to class. This change could mean that students miss out on completing their degrees and the opportunities they might bring! This doesn’t affect just one student, it affects us all!
- We insist TAFE allows parents to bring their children to class when no other appropriate child-care arrangements can be made, where it does not compromise work health and safety requirements.
- We insist TAFE supports and empowers students with young children to complete their education.
- We insist TAFE provides equitable opportunities for all students.
- Hudson and Dannielle deserve the opportunities a degree can bring their family.
- TAFE NSW’s Social Inclusion and Participation Policy states: “TAFE NSW provides socially inclusive programs and services to enable students to reach their potential regardless of individual circumstance or background” (read more: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/get-started-at-tafe-nsw/tafe-policies/policies?category=Social-inclusion )
- The Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 states it is unlawful to discriminate against someone on the grounds of a person’s responsibilities as a carer, including caring for children. Such discrimination includes requiring the person to comply with a condition “that is not reasonable having regard to the circumstances of the case” and the person “is not able to comply” (read more: http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/act/1977/48/part4b/div1/sec49t )
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states “higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit” (read more: http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/ )
- Helping women achieve higher qualifications opens further employment opportunities for them. The Gender Pay Equity Insight Report 2016 states “the full-time gender pay gap currently stands at around 18%, with women earning on average only 82% of a man’s pay” (read more: https://www.wgea.gov.au/sites/default/files/BCEC_WGEA_Gender_Pay_Equity_Insights_2016_Report.pdf )
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