Ed­u­ca­tion tops elec­tion agenda

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - REUBEN ADAMS


AHEAD of the March State elec­tion, the La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s newly an­nounced five year, $70 mil­lion Lap­tops for Stu­dents pro­gram will see all year 10, 11 and 12 public school stu­dents own per­sonal lap­tops by 2021.

A trial lap­top roll-out would com­mence for a num­ber of schools in the sec­ond term of 2018, with full roll out to all year 10 public school stu­dents in 2019.

The State Gov­ern­ment has also an­nounced up­graded broad­band speeds for all public schools and preschools across the State.

Public school stu­dents with spe­cial needs would also ben­e­fit from a re­cently an­nounced $57 mil­lion fund­ing boost over the next five years.


If elected, a Mar­shall Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to “com­pre­hen­sive pro­gram” to im­prove lit­er­acy and numer­acy out­comes for all stu­dents, but es­pe­cially stu­dents with dys­lexia and other learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

This pro­gram would in­clude lit­er­acy coaches, phon­ics checks for all year one stu­dents, free dys­lexia work­shops for par­ents, pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for teach­ers, and a re­view of how SACE ex­ams are con­ducted for stu­dents with dys­lexia and other learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

The Lib­er­als also spruiked a $100 mil­lion in­vest­ment in more than 20,000 new places in the Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (VET) sys­tem.


Xenophon’s pop­u­lar SA-BEST party said it would ad­dress the lack of job se­cu­rity for teach­ers and sup­port staff, par­tic­u­larly the high lev­els of short term con­tracts and ca­sual em­ploy­ment, and the in­crease in non-core ad­min­is­tra­tive tasks.

The party also sup­ports the tran­si­tion of Year 7 stu­dents into se­condary school, the re­duc­tion of cen­tralised bu­reau­cracy and ad­min­is­tra­tion, and the more ef­fec­tive al­lo­ca­tion of re­sources to where they are needed most and will make the most dif­fer­ence.

“Teach­ers are hard-work­ing, ded­i­cated pro­fes­sion­als who have had far too lit­tle sup­port for far too long when deal­ing with the com­plex prob­lems chil­dren of­ten bring with them to school,” Mo­ri­alta can­di­date, ed­u­ca­tor and SA-BEST ed­u­ca­tion and learn­ing spokesper­son James Sadler said.

“Teach­ers are no longer just ed­u­ca­tors they are ad­ju­di­ca­tors, psy­chol­o­gists, en­forcers, philoso­phers, sports coaches, ca­reer coun­sel­lors, and even nu­tri­tion­ists.”

SA min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Child De­vel­op­ment Su­san Close (left), Pre­mier Jay Weather­ill, and La­bor can­di­date for Bad­coe Jayne Stin­son at Plymp­ton In­ter­na­tional Col­lege.

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