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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1693..

to prolonged illness, very limited levels of English and other factors. As approximately 4% of students are in these categories each year, the goal has not been increased.

(3) Yes, the current Government has considered broadening the testing and has already broadened it to include Year 9 students in the ICT program for the first time in 2004. The process has already commenced to extend ICTs to Year 6 students. Preliminary work has also been done on the expansion of the ICT program into Years 11 and 12 with pilot programs occurring in some colleges.

(4) Yes, the process for extending ICT competency testing to Year 6 students has already commenced. Extension to Year 6 is being informed by the specifications for the national Information and Communication Technology Assessment Project (ICTAP) which will involve sample testing in Years 6 and 10 across Australia, commencing in 2005.

Amaroo school security

(Question No 1402)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 11 March 2004:

(1) On how many occasions has the security system or alarm been activated at the new Amaroo school since it was installed;

(2) Have any thefts occurred at the school (a) before and (b) since its official opening;

(3) If so, what goods were stolen and to what value;

(4) Are there any plans to upgrade fencing around the school along Burdekin Avenue footpath.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1) Installation of the alarm for Amaroo School commenced around 7 January 2004. Between that time and 6 February 2004, a security guard attended the preschool and school site on 13 occasions to attend to various false alarms and to reset the alarm (turning off the audible siren). The difficulties with the alarm have now been resolved.

(2) There have been no reported thefts at the school either (a) before or (b) since the school commenced operating 3 February 2004. The school has not been officially opened.

(3) No items have been stolen at the school.

(4) There are no plans to upgrade the fencing along the Burdekin Avenue footpath. The fence at the front of the school is a temporary fence, which is commonly used at new sites to enclose the site and establish new plantings. The fence will be removed towards the completion of the construction phase.

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