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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 10 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 4032..


Schools—evaluations

(Question No 2189)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 19 August 2008:

(1) How many students were lost to private schools after the school closures and re-organisation, particularly from (a) Cook, (b) Flynn, (c) Melrose and (d) Narrabundah;

(2) Was there a robust evaluation of educational and social outcomes before changing the school year systems, for example, P-2, K-4, K-6; if so, is this evaluation available to the public.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) 1

(b) and (c) unknown, as the Department at the time did not have access to individual student information for non-government schools

(d) 1

(2) The structure and provision of early childhood education in ACT public schools is based on national and international research indicating the critical importance of early years in setting the foundation for learning, behaviour and health throughout the school years and on into adult life. Research relating to the early childhood schools (P-2 schools) is listed in the conclusion of the Early Childhood Schools - A framework for their development as learning and development centres for children (birth to eight) and their families.

K-4 is not a school model currently offered in the ACT.

P-6 and K-6 are common primary school models operating across the country and were based on the notion that prior to adolescence, children benefited from the majority of their instruction and social support being provided by a 'home room' teacher.

Education—international students

(Question No 2190)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 19 August 2008:

(1) How many international students attend ACT educational institutions;

(2) What is the cost to the ACT Government for these students;

(3) What is the amount of funding that is allocated per student to those institutions outlined in part (1) to support them;

(4) What proportion of these students are in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) tertiary education.


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