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Pass amended Schools Assistance Bill.



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MEDIA RELEASE December 3 2008

PASS AMENDED SCHOOLS ASSISTANCE BILL

Statement by Michelle Green, Chief Executive Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV)

The Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV) calls on the government to pass the Schools Assistance Bill with the amendments made in the Senate.

The government now has a Bill that will give funding to our schools. We believe it should now pass the Bill to deliver certainty to schools.

AISV Member Schools must know by the time that Parliament rises that their funding for next year is secure.

The Government should pass the Bill to give funding to independent schools without the national curriculum.

AISV is not against the concept of a national curriculum. But our membership of more than 223 independent schools needs to know that a national curriculum will be flexible so that they can meet the needs of their 120,000 students.

The issue of the national curriculum should be set aside until the funding arrangement is finalised.

The government is asking us to sign up to a national curriculum that we haven’t seen. This is exactly what our schools teach our children not to do.

Our teachers tell students not to sign something without seeing the detail first.

The Bill with the national curriculum could put at risk the future teaching and learning programs of dozens of independent schools in Victoria with curricula designed for the needs of their students.

Teaching and learning is at the very heart of what our schools do. We do not want to put that at risk by signing up to a national curriculum that we haven’t seen.

To interview Michelle Green, contact Brian M. Peck 0437 515 505