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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 1904..


MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION

QUESTION NUMBER 71

Physical Education and Sport - Teachers' Qualifications

MS McRAE - asked the Minister for Education and Training on notice on 19 September 1995:

(1) What qualifications are required for secondary schools teachers who teach physical education and/or sport.

(2) How many teachers in government schools are qualified to teach physical education and/or sport.

MR STEFANIAK - the answer to Ms McRae's question is:

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Secondary school teachers who teach physical education are required to hold a recognised teacher qualification. In general, physical education teachers hold qualifications in the area. However principals have the responsibility for determining the suitability of a teacher to teach physical education or any other subject area.

There are approximately 100 secondary physical education teachers in the government school system.

In general, primary teachers are qualified as part of their generalist studies to take physical education classes at primary level. As at the February 1995 census of schools, there were 1004 primary teachers in ACT government schools.

SPORT

The rules and skills of sport are taught within physical education classes.

Teachers supervising sport are expected to have some experience or knowledge or to hold a coaching qualification in that sport. The principal has the authority to deem a person as suitably qualified to supervise a particular sport.


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