Shadow Minister for Education Jeremy Hanson has today released the Canberra Liberals’ education strategy for the ACT ‘Bringing out the Best in every child.’
The strategy details how the ACT Government is failing school children in the nation’s capital and outlines a vision for the future while calling for an independent review into the ACT school system.
Mr Hanson said while recognising the hard work and dedication of ACT Government School Teachers, our children have nonetheless fallen behind the rest of the country in critical education milestones especially literacy, numeracy, and science.
“These failings have been consistently reported by many highly regarded research institutions and assessment processes in the ACT, nationally and internationally,” said Mr Hanson.
“I am disappointed by the ongoing reports of overcrowding and the unresolved issues of deteriorating and potentially dangerous infrastructure in our schools. Reports of bullying and violence have also compromised school culture and remain a major concern for many Canberra families.
“The Canberra Liberals education strategy outlines a way ahead to make the improvements that are needed across the key areas of academic standards, equity, bullying and violence, school funding, and overcrowded schools with ageing infrastructure.
“Our analysis has shown that school governance and funding are sub-optimal and have declined in the past decade.
“The current ACT Government talks a lot about equity, but our school system lacks genuine equity for many students, and many are missing out on a quality education.
“I am calling on the Labor-Greens Government to recognise the current widespread underperformance of the ACT education system and to support a full and independent review into the ACT school system,” Mr Hanson concluded.
To view the full report: https://canberraliberals.org.au/education-strategy