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Wednesday, 27 May 1987
Page: 3463

(Question No. 5220)


Mr Maher asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, upon notice, on 20 March 1987:

(1) How many English as a second language teachers were employed at Drummoyne Public School during 1986?

(2) Has the number of these teachers been reduced in 1987: If so, why?


Mr Dawkins —The Minister for Education has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) Since the inception of the ESL Program the responsibility for determining priorities for expenditure of Commonwealth funds and allocations to individual government schools has rested with the relevant State Minister for education. The New South Wales Department of Education has indicated that during 1986 two (2) English as a second language teachers were employed at Drummoyne Public School.

(2) The New South Wales Department of Education has informed the Commonwealth Schools Commission that in 1987 1.4 equivalent full-time English as a second language teachers are employed at Drummoyne Public school. The reduction since 1986 is due to a reduced need for ESL assistance resulting from fewer first-phase ESL learners enrolled at the school. The remaining 0.6 teachers have been employed in other schools were the need for ESL assistance is greater.