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news continues, with almost 96 per cent of year 3 students achieving at or above the minimum standard in literacy and numeracy. Our results for years 7 and 9 for this show that on average they are a full year ahead of their peers in other states. In years 5, 7 and 9 students scored the highest or equal highest in the country in relation to writing. In numeracy the ACT has the equal highest mean score across all school levels.

These strong and consistent results do not occur by accident. They are a result of a lot of hard work and dedication from teachers, parents and students, and justify the record investment made by this government in our education system.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, how will the government’s commitment to a centre for excellence at the Caroline Chisholm school in my electorate, and your electorate, help build on this success?

MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, Mr Gentleman. Could you repeat that question, please?

MR GENTLEMAN: Yes. How will the government’s commitment to a centre for excellence at the Caroline Chisholm school—it was mentioned in the minister’s answer—help build on this success?

MS BURCH: I do thank Mr Gentleman for his question and his keen interest in the students and families and our education system in the most wonderful electorate of Brindabella. The centre for excellence in Caroline Chisholm shows the government’s recognition of the need to raise the profile and participation of the students to a higher level in mathematics. Numeracy results show a significant gap and an entrenched disengagement for students at a number of our Tuggeranong schools.

The Caroline Chisholm school in the senior campus, which was opened in 1983, is long overdue for refurbishment and enhancement. The new centre at Caroline Chisholm will provide our students with first-class modern facilities that will spark our students’ interest and actively engage them in the pursuit of a future in mathematics.

It will include mathematics laboratories with observation spaces, open and flexible learning studios and areas, a lecture theatre, video conferencing technology, a resource centre and external spaces to support student learning. In short, it will provide a modern building that is not just about providing spaces but spaces where students will long to learn and have very good outcomes that will hold them well in their future life.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, thank you for your mention of the CIT. Can you give us an update on how the inquiry into the CIT bullying issues are progressing, as was promised by your predecessor?

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