Up to 500 school teachers are expected to join a mass walkout in Melbourne next month in protest against the detention of asylum seekers on Nauru.
The Teachers for Refugees group has announced that contingents of teachers from schools across the city will walk off the job for the afternoon of November 20 for a mass protest outside the State Library.
It has also called for endorsement from the Australian Education Union and for the union to use members’ fees to fund casual relief teachers during the protest to minimalise disruptions to lessons.
‘What people do in their spare time is their own business, but parents and hardworking taxpayers expect that when teachers are being paid to teach, that they actually teach,’ Mr Tehan told the Herald Sun.
‘Partisan politics should be played outside of school time. ‘
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has previously described the group as ‘green activists parading as teachers’ who ‘should keep their politics out of the classroom’.