Lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy ‘ad­e­quate’

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

STU­DENTS are meet­ing min­i­mum lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy skills, ac­cord­ing to Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier.

Mr Col­lier said the On­line Lit­er­acy and Nu­mer­acy As­sess­ment (OLNA) was en­sur­ing all stu­dents who grad­u­ated with a Western Aus­tralian Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion (WACE) met min­i­mum lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy re­quire­ments.

"The OLNA was in­tro­duced as part of wider WACE re­forms de­signed to raise the bar in se­nior sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion," Mr Col­lier said.

"The mes­sage was com­ing through loud and clear from em­ploy­ers that some WACE grad­u­ates needed to read, write and add up more ef­fec­tively.

"Given the stan­dard is what we ex­pect stu­dents to be able to demon­strate by the time they com­plete Year 12, the re­sults are very much where we ex­pect them to be,” he said.

Stu­dents only sit the OLNA if they don't reach band 8 in the Na­tional As­sess­ment Pro­gram - Lit­er­acy and Nu­mer­acy in Year 9.

They have six op­por­tu­ni­ties to pass be­fore the end of Year 12.

McDon­ald’s Com­mu­nity Cine­mas raised more than $800,000 for lo­cal char­i­ties last sea­son.

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