The state’s branch of the education union has been called out for its attack on SA’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr Nicola Spurrier over her calls for parents to send their kids back to school.
Dr Spurrier sent an open letter to parents backing SA Government calls to have their children return to school when term 2 commences on Monday next week.
However, SA’s branch of the Australian Education Union has been vocal in its opposition to the idea, singling out Dr Spurrier in its response.
In a since-deleted post on the union’s social media, the union called for parents to keep their children at home with the tagline “Seriously, Spurrier.”
The campaign against Dr Spurrier has drawn criticism from both sides of state politics, with Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas labelling the posts an “attack” on a “hard working public servant.”
The AEU has got this one wrong!
They are entitled to advocate for their members interests, but they should not attack a hard working public servant like Professor Nicola Spurrier who is doing her best to serve our State at a critical and important time. pic.twitter.com/bKVoSNWE3I
— Peter Malinauskas (@PMalinauskasMP) April 23, 2020
Premier Steven Marshall also came to Dr Spurrier’s defence, calling the union’s campaign “a grubby attack” while calling for an apology.
The President of the SA branch of the Australian Education Union told Mix 102.3 that they’re concerned that social distancing cannot occur in schools.
“So our Chief Public Health Officer on Tuesday said that 1.5 metre of social distancing does apply in schools, and we know that that can’t be occurring in a classroom full of kids,” Ms Golding said.