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    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    New laws to lift standards in Queensland schools and childcare centres

    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    New laws to lift standards in Queensland schools and childcare centres

    Primary teachers will be tested on their literacy, numeracy and science skills before entering Queensland classrooms under new laws passed by the Bligh Government last night.

    Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson said the amendments would allow the Queensland College of Teachers to develop a new testing regime for teacher graduates.

    “We expect testing to begin by the end of 2011,” Mr Wilson said.

    “This move is in response to a key recommendation by Professor Geoff Masters as part of his report into Queensland’s education system.

    “We want to make sure those teaching our children have a good grounding in the fundamentals of education – literacy, numeracy and science.

    “The Bligh Government is delivering on a commitment to lift standards in Queensland classrooms by ensuring our students are getting the brightest and best-trained teachers.

    “Our teachers are dedicated, passionate professionals who make a difference in the lives of children every day.

    “But we know that some of our teachers currently come out of university feeling unprepared to teach these key subjects.

    “We want to make sure they are getting the training they need, and we’re working with the Universities to help ensure that happens.

    “We want to see university education faculties lifting the bar and teaching to the best possible standards.

    “Having the best-trained teachers in Queensland classrooms is what our students deserve and what parents expect.”

    Mr Wilson said the new laws also included provisions requiring individual childcare centres to display logbooks reporting on notifications from the Office of Early Childhood Education and Care.

    “Parents want to know the centres caring for their children are safe places providing quality care.

    “That’s why we have passed these amendments – to ensure parents have access to as much information as possible.

    “The vast majority of services in Queensland provide top-quality care and know have nothing to fear from these laws.

    “The sector is supportive of the move, and we’ve worked closely with providers to ensure these measures can be implemented effectively.”

    Other changes included the recognition of experience for those working in non-school settings such kindergartens or TAFE Senior Colleges for the purposes of teacher registration.

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