Media Release Wednesday 26 August 2015 (PDF)
The Palaszczuk government’s Education Minister Kate Jones’ school plan does nothing for kids while rewarding traditional Labor Party backers: education bureaucrats and the increasingly unpopular Queensland Teachers’ Union.
“Yesterday’s story by The Courier-Mail’s education reporters concerning Minister Jones’ post-OP System school assessment plans fails to report on widespread opposition by parents to the government’s proposal,” said Australian Family Association spokesperson, Mrs Tempe Harvey.
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The Coalition's decision to keep its marriage policy unchanged has been met by predictable howls of discontent. But it's no wonder there is caution. The implications of such legislation for the community are enormous, while the contributions from advocates are often limited to slogans, and the occasional slur against anyone who disagrees. (Canberra Times 13/8/15)
A giant cheating loophole could derail a controversial Qld senior assessment model set to replace the OP System by 2018 when the current Year 9 students reach Year 12.
The model’s co-designer, Dr Gabrielle Matters of the Australian Council for Educational Research, claimed at a recent educators’ forum that cheating occurs in ‘every system’ in response to a questioner who claimed her proposed assessment system irresponsibly failed to address the issue.
MEDIA RELEASE: For immediate release Monday, 29th December 2014 (download pdf)
Ignoring objections from parents and many other voters in marginal electorates, Queensland’s Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek today pushed a highly experimental post-OP system model for Year 12 testing to the public consultation stage. http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2014/12/29/a-new-era-for-senior-school-education
“Parent and teachers have been door-knocking for months across several Brisbane electorates, including Premier Campbell Newman’s Ashgrove electorate, urging State MPs to reject this very model,” said AFA spokesperson Mrs Tempe Harvey in reference to recommendations of Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).