NSW schools are set to lose about $1.7 billion in funding over four years, the state education minister has announced.
Adrian Piccoli today revealed details of massive cuts to the public school sector as well as cuts to independent and Catholic schools.
From July next year government funding to private schools will be capped for the next four years, saving the government about $116 million.
Mr Piccoli told reporters that 600 non-teaching jobs would be axed from government schools.
Eight hundred TAFE jobs will also be cut and fees will rise 9.5 percent.
This means students attending TAFE will pay $44 extra for certificate one and two courses and an extra $150 for advanced diplomas.
"The state government has had to make some tough decisions to ensure NSW is living within its means," Mr Piccoli told reporters.
He said the government had to make $1.7 billion in education savings over four years and the impact must be shared across the education sector.
"These changes include reducing staff, working more efficiently within reduced operating budgets, adjusting non-government school sector funding and increasing revenue from fees and services."