To Gonski or not to Gonski?
FEDERAL Labor has delivered a major announcement that would result in the most significant improvement in school education in Australia for two generations - in the lead-up for a federal election which is yet to be called.
Labor's candidate for Capricornia, Leisa Neaton (pictured), who is also a school principal, said the policy announcement would benefit all students in Capricornia.
"Labor's policy will ensure that every student in every school in Australia will benefit. I'm genuinely excited by what this mean for the students sitting in today's classrooms," Leisa said.
To achieve this they would fully implement and fund the Gonski reforms on time and in full.
"Educ- ation is an invest- ment in the future of every child and when this investment is made up front and early on, the impacts are far reaching," Leisa said.
The Gonski review was the biggest ever review of school funding and delivered a roadmap to a better school system.
But Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said Ms Neaton "conveniently forgets that last time Labor made promises on Gonski, they sneakily only funded some states and completely left out Queensland".
"While Labor is talking about what they might do about improving school education, the Turnbull Government is already acting, including accepting 37 of the 38 recommendations of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) to improve initial teacher education.
"This includes the introduction of the mandatory national literacy and numeracy test from July of this year, which teaching students are required to pass before graduation to guarantee future teachers are in the top 30 per cent of the population for literacy and numeracy."