Auditor general’s report says some regional schools rely on local retired teachers to cover staff absences, leading to lower educational outcomes

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The “significant gaps” between the education and wellbeing outcomes of students in regional and remote parts of New South Wales and their city counterparts are unlikely to close, according to an audit of the education department’s strategy.

The scathing report handed down by the state’s auditor general, Margaret Crawford, found the department was “unlikely to achieve its vision” for education equality across the state due to shortcomings in its own strategy’s design and implementation.

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