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Strike to affect start of WA school year

The start of the school year in Western Australia this week will be marred by strike action involving education department public servants protesting against job cuts. More than 100 staff recently took voluntary redundancies. The Community and Public Sector rejects ...

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Expert skewers ‘suspect’ school costs report

A Monash University expert has refuted research that suggests school costs have dramatically risen. Dr David Zyngier, a senior education lecturer, says the numbers in the Planning for Education Index 2018 by education scholarship plan provider Australian Scholarship Group (ASG), “may or may not ...

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Opinion: NAPLAN’s questionable origins

When NAPLAN was launched in 2008, its aim was to boost student achievement through the annual administration of standardised tests. But the scheme’s performance remains unimpressive, as the 2017 NAPLAN results have shown. Yet again, student scores in literacy and numeracy flatlined, as ...

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Education spending ‘incoherent’: Mitchell Institute

An education policy and research body has rebuked the government for its approach to sector funding, calling it “disjointed”. Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute, in its report Expenditure on Education and Training in Australia 2017, based its view on 2015-16 federal, state ...

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Principal pleads for cutback in skills, increase in knowledge

Educational institutions prioritising teaching skills over knowledge is “seriously fuzzy thinking”, says Elizabeth Stone. The principal of Queenwood School for Girls, an independent school in Sydney, presented her views on this at the launch of the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. She’s right in ...

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