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$700 for parents of Queensland students falling behind in reading.

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Media Release


28 May, 2004 MIN Q715/04

The parents of the 5,585 Queensland children now in year 4 who failed to reach the year 3 reading benchmark last year, can look forward to receiving a $700 tuition voucher from the Howard Government.

However this will only be possible when the Queensland Government changes its mind and posts these results to Queensland parents. To date the Queensland Government has not done this.

I have given the Queensland Government until the end of June to change its mind, do the right thing, and join the trial.

The education Minister Anna Bligh has, as yet, not specifically agreed that she is going to move those report cards from her desk to the kitchen tables of parents.

If Queensland does intend to provide the 2003 results to parents, I look forward to the Queensland Premier or his education Minister specifically confirming this.

Queensland parents and the Queensland media should ensure this happens to ensure Queensland can be a part of this important trial.

Parents will be able to redeem the tuition voucher to choose the most appropriate type of assistance for their children, either with private tuition providers or through schools.

The Howard Government is committed to improving the literacy and numeracy standards of all Australian children and ensuring that all parents receive information on their children’s literacy and numeracy achievement against the national benchmarks.

For further information on accessing the tuition credit or becoming a registered provider of tuition services please call:

Toll Free number, Department of Education, Science & Training 1800 655 476

Media Contacts: Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095