Back to basics for our kids
ALL six-year-olds will be tested for their ability to sound out words in a back-to-basics plan to tackle poor literacy skills.
The new phonics test will form part of a compulsory literacy and numeracy check designed to identify weaknesses in the way basic skills are taught in schools. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham will today announce the fast-tracked reforms, first flagged in the Budget last year.
“There is an urgent need to stop so many children falling through the cracks in Australian classrooms, especially with the foundation skill of reading,” he said.
Dismal global literacy and numeracy tests saw Australian children outperformed by kids in countries like Kazakhstan. FORMER Victoria Police chief commissioner Kelvin Glare has launched a blistering attack on the state’s fight against crime.
Mr Glare and a group of fellow former police chiefs say the force and the State Government need to take urgent action to tackle the crime wave.
The respected group, calling itself the Community Advocacy Alliance, has unveiled a 70-point plan to combat the state’s lawlessness epidemic.
It comes after 30 inmates escaped from Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre last week in a major embarrassment to Premier Daniel Andrews.
The CAA has also demanded that: POLICE cars be fitted with nudge bars to allow cops to ram rogue vehicles, after young thugs have been leading cops on dangerous high-speed chases; UNMARKED police vehicles be given official decals to increase the visibility of police on the roads; VICTORIA Police dump the current “risk-averse” philosophy, and return to grassroots programs in schools.
The call for action comes as a Sunday Herald Sun investigation reveals that the shocking behaviour of many young offenders in youth justice centres has led staff members to fear for their lives every day they turn up for work.