Par­ties out for more teach­ers

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS - Rae Wilson Rae.Wilson@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

BET­TER in­cen­tives to en­tice re­gional stu­dents into teach­ing ca­reers.

En­cour­ag­ing engi­neers and oth­ers leav­ing the re­sources in­dus­try into a sec­ond ca­reer as maths or science teach­ers.

Com­mit­ting state fund­ing to help univer­si­ties set up video con­fer­ence equip­ment in more ru­ral schools and en­sur­ing ad­e­quate band­width and con­nec­tiv­ity to do so.

These are sug­ges­tions from re­gional Queens­lan­ders re­spond­ing to the Fair Go for Our Kids cam­paign this pa­per launched two weeks ago.

An LNP spokesman said they would work to “im­prove in­ter­net ac­cess and boost learn­ing out­comes for chil­dren in re­mote set­tings”.

He said while univer­sity fund­ing was Com­mon­wealth, the LNP was will­ing to work with the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor on how to de­liver best out­comes.

La­bor has promised to use spare ca­pac­ity on pub­licly owned op­ti­cal fi­bre net­works to in­crease com­pe­ti­tion for re­gional Queens­land, which it says could im­prove ed­u­ca­tion.

A La­bor spokesman said re­mote teach­ing was used when and where ap­pro­pri­ate. But the party has not com­mit­ted to ex­pand­ing the prac­tice.

The LNP agrees on in­cen­tives, say­ing it “strongly sup­ports en­cour­ag­ing more stu­dents into key teach­ing ar­eas like maths and will work to boost this into the fu­ture”.

La­bor said there were al­ready in­cen­tives for teach­ers to work in the re­gions. Both par­ties al­luded to ed­u­ca­tion poli­cies still to come.

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