South Australia Unsure About National Curriculum

South Australia Unsure About National Curriculum

South Australia Shadow Minister for Education David Pisoni

Rann Labor Government Fails SA On Education

Victor P Taffa

Minister Weatherill must confirm that the introduction of a National Curriculum will bring an end to the Rann Labor Government’s incompetence and mismanagement of our Education System and not spell even more turmoil for South Australian Students.

After almost nine years of the Rann Labor Government Literacy and Numeracy levels in teenagers have hit an all time low with today’s students almost a full school year behind those educated a decade ago.

The State Government rejected the idea of a National Curriculum in 2006 describing it as a “horrific idea”[1] and has since spent $100 million introducing a new SACE program to schools around the state with the first year 12s set to graduate under the new system next year.

Shadow Minister for Education, David Pisoni said that high school students have already endured two years of instability and confusion with the introduction of the new SACE Program and Minister Weatherill must immediately explain the impact of the changes to their Education.

“The Rann Labor Government’s incompetence and mismanagement has plagued the South Australian education system for nine years.” Mr. Pisoni said.

“After the poorly managed introduction of the new SACE program left many high school students dropping humanities subjects Minister Weatherill must guarantee that the introduction of a national curriculum will not inflict chaos on South Australian Schools.”

“Despite Prime Minister Gillard’s commitment in April 2008 that “a national curriculum (will be) publicly available and which can start to be delivered in all jurisdictions from January 2011” it is unlikely it will be implemented before January 2012 at best and students have a right to know what to expect for their studies.” Mr. Pisoni said.

“The Rann Labor Government has failed our young people by overseeing the decline of our education system that was once the best in the nation, the national curriculum must not be implemented with the same incompetence.” Mr. Pisoni said.

[1] Minister Hill, Acting Education Minister, 6/10/06, 5AA