There are calls for Hunter state government ministers to come forward and provide an explanation of a 370 dollar fee set to hit struggling Hunter TAFE students.

The fee is more than most apprentices’ weekly wage, and
will apply to those who re-sist assessments which they have failed more
than once.

Believed to be the direct result of state government funding cuts across Hunter TAFE’s 15 campuses, the fee will pass on supervision and administration costs to students.

NSW Teachers Federation Hunter TAFE organiser Rob Long says nothing like this has ever occurred in his 20 years as a TAFE teacher.

“I’ve never, ever seen students hit with a cost to resit an exam and this is a disgrace that the most disadvantaged students may be hampered from finishing their qualification due to monetary expenses.”