Public Education Day is a chance to say thanks to those working in Government settings

Public Education Day is a chance to say thanks to those working in Government settings

by Freya Lucas

May 26, 2022

Today, Thursday 26 May, is Public Education Day, a day to acknowledge the outstanding commitment of principals, teachers and education support staff working across preschools, schools and TAFE settings in Australia. 


“Public education is a public good that has the power to transform lives by providing the highest quality education for all students irrespective of their background or circumstances,” said Australian Education Union (AEU) Federal President Correna Haythorpe.


“Every day, our members go to work in preschools, schools and TAFE institutions around the country with hope for their students and communities, determination to ensure every student has the best opportunities to thrive and a vision for the future of our nation – one that will go on to be created by the students they teach.


In acknowledgement of the day, the AEU is hosting a Public Education Summit with AEU members, academics, economists, education experts and allies to identify the immediate actions for public education that the new Labor Government should take in the first 100 days of their term and beyond.


“The issues facing public education are unchanged. But we now have an incoming government that we expect will work with the teaching profession via their union, the AEU, to address these issues.


“On Public Education Day, we celebrate the achievements of the teaching profession and we urge the new Labor Government to prioritise public education funding and policy reform and to establish clear timelines for the delivery of Labor’s public education election commitments.”


More information about Public Education Day is available here