The Australian Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, has released further details on work underway regarding the recommendations of the Gonski review of school funding. See also article in The Canberra Times 6 June 2012.
More students will be encouraged to study Asian languages and cultures, with the Australian Government providing further funding to support the work of the Asia Education Foundation (AEF). The funding will go towards three projects which will help teachers and principals implement the new Australian Curriculum's focus on Asia, as well as linking schools with businesses here and internationally.
The draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship is available for public consultation from Monday 4 June to Friday 10 August 2012. The draft shape paper proposes directions for the development of the national Civics and Citizenship curriculum for years 3–12. Teachers, parents and other stakeholders in the Civics and Citizenship field, and members of the broader community, are all encouraged to comment on the draft shape paper through the online questionnaire. See statement by Australian Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, 4 June, and article in The Canberra Times 5 June 2012.
The leaders of South Australia's three education sectors have sent a letter to The Advertiser newspaper supporting the current educational arrangements under which senior secondary students may drop English, maths and science in year 12. See article in The Advertiser 7 June 2012.
Australian students ranked second of participating countries in an international assessment of digital reading literacy. The Preparing Australian Students for the Digital World report reveals Australia's national results from the Electronic Reading Assessment component of the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2009. See article in The Canberra Times 4 June 2012.
Discussion continues around government funding for students with disabilities. See article in The Sydney Morning Herald 2 June, article in The Mercury 3 June, article in The Advertiser 5 June and article in the Canberra Times 8 June 2012.
Western Australia's Primary Principals Association and the State School Teachers Union have expressed concern that some parents and students are using social media to abuse school staff. See report on ABC News and article in The West Australian, both 5 June 2012.
Staffing changes at the NSW Department of Education and Communities are reported in an article in The Sydney Morning Herald 2 June 2012.
The NSW mathematics community is discussing the impact of the proposed Australian mathematics curriculum on senior secondary students. See article 7 June 2012 in The Sydney Morning Herald.
New Zealand Education Minister, Hekia Parata, has stated that the Government does not intend to alter teacher:student funding ratios as a result of this year's Budget. The statement aims to allay concerns expressed by a range of education organisations.
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