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(generated from captions) which has prompted a renewed call to be made uniform. for high school subjects Julie Bishop joins me live Federal Education Minister from Perth. Good morning Minister, startling news the fundamental skills to get a job. that many students don't have Are our schools being dumbed down?

Of course there are a number of

Australian students so are

achieving a very high standards but

we have a worrying number who are

not performing well in basic

subjects like literacy and numeracy.

What this report specifically calls

for his greatest national

consistency in senior secondary

subjects, and calls for the end of

the waste and duplication that

occurs because we have eight

separate education authorities

developing curricular for a year 12.

We have nine separate a year 12

certificates and no way of

comparing the results across the

country. We are calling for higher

standards and greater national

consistency. Do you think that will

improve the push for back-to-basics

for students? We will be able to

identify the essential elements of

the curriculum, the core elements

that every student should know

where they live. A students state

of residence should not dictate

whether they get a good or bad

education so we want to raise the

standards across the country and

one way of doing that is to ensure

that we have greater consistency in

curriculum. The news out of

education minister has said that

this policy, she believes a push

for a national policy, would

actually see standards fall in News

up wells. Have. Supports my case -

if NSW says it has the best HSE

says have a good in the country, better than everybody else's,

surely we should be seeking to have

all states raised their standards

to the highest possible level. If

NSW is the best bets put that on

the table and work together, States,

territories and the common of

education ministers, to ensure we

get national consistency of the

highest standard. I was reading

earlier in your report that one in

five West Australian students was a

functionally illiterate at the end

of year seven. That is very

concerning, isn't it? That

certainly is, released by the Western Australian education

department recently. One in five

years seven students are

functionally illiterate. That is

why the government has invested a

further $1.8 billion directly to

the States to focus on raising

standards. Next year we will be

having national testing for years 3,

5, 7 and 9 so there we can compare

results across the country and Name

far higher standards. I know there

has been a big push for back to

basics with English and maths but

there also seems to be a an

approach in some other States far

less than passing. Do we have to

move with the times? I don't know

that there is much teachers could

teach students about text messaging

- students would no more than their

teachers - but what is missing is a

focus on ensuring that students

have acceptable in this standards.

It is fine to do the course but we

must ensure they are reaching

acceptable standards of literacy

first and too many students are

being given the opportunity to take

a soft option in English and maths

and science. We need to raise

standards, raised the bar for every

child. Thank you very much for your

time this morning. Now to a story of amazing courage. Chris Johnston When New South Wales school principal

opposite her school yesterday, noticed a house on fire about dashing to the rescue she didn't think twice of an elderly woman trapped inside. bravery award and she joins me now. Now she's been recommended for a