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Local students would benefit from a national curriculum.

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Local students would benefit from a national curriculum Friday, 6 October 2006

Townsville’s defence families would benefit if a national curriculum was introduced in to our local schools, Peter Lindsay MP said today. “We have hundreds of families that move to Townsville each year, with their children having to deal with not only entering a new school, but also the stress of taking on a completely different curriculum,” Mr Lindsay said. “I have parents complaining to me that the school systems are not aligned across state borders and they can’t understand why this should be so. “A national curriculum would allow students a smooth transition when transferring schools.” There are 80,000 students around Australia that move to a different jurisdiction each year. The Howard Government is proposing that a national board of studies be set up to take control of a uniform school curriculum. “States and territories spend more than $180 million running their eight boards of studies and curriculum councils, to develop curriculums that overlap in content,” Mr Lindsay said. “Wouldn’t it make more sense to develop a national board and put that money saved back into education? “But, it’s also about taking a “back-to-basics” approach across curriculums, and bringing more accountability to the classroom.”