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Curriculum deadline in doubt

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MEDIA RELEASE Curriculum deadline in doubt

The Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, has today cast doubt on the Government’s plans to have the National Curriculum ready for implementation by the January 2011 deadline as promised.

Responding to a question from Christopher Pyne, Shadow Minister for Education, Mr Garrett made the contradictory statement that development of the curriculum would be continuing as agreed by Ministers, but that the process should not be rushed.

“Well either the curriculum will be ready for implementation on January 2011, or Mr Garrett intends to dump the timetable and break another promise - he can’t have it both ways,” Mr Pyne said.

“Both the New South Wales and Victorian Governments have publicly attacked Labor’s curriculum, along with various stakeholders and education experts. All consider the draft curriculum a dud,” he said.

“The Minister needs to bite the bullet and come clean on when the curriculum will be ready for implementation, which will give schools and teachers an opportunity to plan ahead.

“Just last week the Prime Minister specifically cited the curriculum as being a major reform of the Labor Government, but with the deadline for implementation in doubt, Julia Gillard and her Government is on the verge of yet another education mess,” Mr Pyne said.

October 19, 2010

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