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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2804..


Curriculum guidelines

(Question No 1521)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 5 May 2004:

(1) What are the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services curriculum guidelines for teaching information technology studies in (a) primary schools, (b) high schools and (c) colleges;

(2) What percentage, if any, of a curriculum must be dedicated to information technology studies in (a) primary schools, (b) high schools and (c) colleges;

(3) Can the Minister provide a list of all (a) primary schools, (b) high schools and (c) colleges that (i) teach any information technology-related studies and (ii) do not.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mr Pratt's questions are:

(1) The Department of Education and Trainings' curriculum guidelines for teaching information technology studies in primary and high schools are contained in the Technology Curriculum Framework. Guidelines for teachers in colleges are contained in the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies Information Studies Course Framework.

Guidelines for incorporating information technology in teaching and learning across the curriculum in all three sectors are contained in the Across Curriculum Perspectives Statements.

Curriculum guidelines for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Competencies program in high schools are contained in the document, A Guide for Year 10 ICT Competency Performance Criteria.

(2) There is no specified percentage of the curriculum that must be dedicated to information technology studies in (a) primary schools, (b) high schools and (c) colleges. However, all students able to be assessed in ICT competencies are required to be assessed in all ACT government high schools.

(3) All primary schools, high schools and colleges are teaching information technology related studies. This ranges from integration within the key learning areas of the curriculum, through to information technology specific courses such as IT applications, and VET Information Technology programs.

Class sizes

(Question No 1522)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 5 May 2004:

(1) What was the average class size in the 2003 school year in A.C.T. government (a) primary schools, (b) high schools and (c) colleges;


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