The Courier-Mail

Teach­ers frus­trated by red-tape tests

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QUEENS­LAND teach­ers are be­ing weighed down by repet­i­tive roll-tak­ing, un­nec­es­sary pa­per­work and ir­rel­e­vant meet­ings.

In­stead of be­ing able to fo­cus on teach­ing, com­plaints in the latest Queens­land Teach­ers’ Union sur­vey found the main time wasters for teach­ers in­cluded hav­ing to re­peat risk assess­ments, deal with un­re­li­able IT and con­duct un­nec­es­sary data tests.

QTU deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary Kate Rut­ti­man said teach­ers were be­ing faced with an “ob­ses­sion with data”.

“In re­al­ity, the data that is be­ing col­lected isn’t nec­es­sar­ily be­ing used to in­form prac­tice, it’s be­ing im­posed with­out any real pur­pose,” she said.

“Hav­ing to do ex­tra tests is tak­ing them away from those core re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of teach­ing stu­dents.”

The sur­vey, re­leased late last month, took place over six months with more than 500 teach­ers and school lead­ers tak­ing part.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Kate Jones said she was work­ing with teach­ers and the union to make sure teach­ers were sup­ported to do their jobs.

Some teach­ers had to con­duct tests ev­ery five weeks, as­sess­ing stu­dents be­fore they were even taught the sub­ject.

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