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    Education and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Detailed data shows Queensland schools cracking down on drugs

    Education and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Sunday, May 08, 2011

    Detailed data shows Queensland schools cracking down on drugs

    Education Minister Cameron Dick has praised State school principals and teachers for protecting Queensland children with their tough-on-drugs approach.

    Mr Dick said the crackdown on drugs in schools was paying off, with 144 students excluded in 2010 for misconduct involving illicit substances.

    “There is no place for illegal drugs in our schools,” Mr Dick said.

    “We will continue to suspend and expel students as part of this zero-tolerance approach.”

    Mr Dick’s comments were prompted by the release of detailed data, which has been tabled in Parliament, about drugs in school.

    “This is the first time that a detailed breakdown has been released about the disciplinary actions taken by schools in relation to illicit substances.

    “I am determined to ensure that parents and the community have access to all relevant information about our education system,” Mr Dick.

    “I want parents to be confident that they are sending their children to safe and productive learning environments. That is why we are continuing to crack down on bad behaviour, in schools, including misconduct involving illicit substances.

    “In 2010, of the 485,798 students enrolled in Queensland state schools, only 144, or 0.03 per cent, were excluded for illicit substances.

    “Some 339 students, or 0.07 per cent, received long suspensions of six days or more, and 199 students, or just 0.04 per cent, received short suspensions of one to five days.

    “This means that 99.9 per cent of our students are doing the right thing.

    “These figures represent an increase on the 2009 figures, demonstrating the crackdown from our principals. This is consistent with our broader approach to student behaviour and discipline – if you play up, you’re out.”

    Mr Dick said drug education was embedded in the curriculum of all state schools, both primary and secondary.

    “Drugs are an issue in broader society and unfortunately, sometimes those community issues are reflected in our schools,” he said.

    “However, the Department of Education and Training specifically addresses these issues through its Drug Education and Intervention in Schools policy.

    “Under this policy, principals implement drug education programs within the curriculum, helping ensure our children are aware of the risks posed by drugs and drug use.”

    Media contact: Minister for Education and Industrial Relations 3237 1072