A new education law that lets parents choose the school their child attends has sparked concern about the future of education in Australia.
The new law, introduced by former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd and his Coalition party, would allow parents to choose whether or not their child would attend school in their chosen area, or any of the six states.
The changes were unveiled after an online survey of 1,000 parents in the three major states of Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales showed more than half of parents were not keen on allowing their children to choose a school.
The survey also found that more than one-third of parents wanted their children’s primary school education to be delivered by the same organisation as their childrens primary school.
In Queensland, one in five parents surveyed said they were worried about the changes.
“It is a little worrying to have parents say, ‘I don’t want my child to go to a school that they have to pay for’,” Mr Rudd told reporters at the launch of the law.
“I don`t think the primary schools are a good place to be for them.”
Education Minister Rob Stokes said the new legislation was designed to allow parents with differing values and interests to come together to find the best way to educate their children.
“Parents are in a position to choose their children and they are making their own decisions,” he said.
“The Government has done everything it can to make sure that they are doing the right thing.”
However, Mr Stokes acknowledged there were concerns over the impact on children.
“There are some very significant issues that are raised about the impact of this legislation,” he told ABC Radio.
“There are very serious concerns that it will be very difficult for parents to balance that with the needs of their children, and also they are concerned about the possibility of schools not being able to meet the needs for students who have been disadvantaged by other schools.”
We want to see schools working together to provide a quality education to all students, but that means there needs to be a balance there, there needs be a willingness to consider different perspectives, and that is exactly what we are working towards.
“He said the changes would not be applied to students who attended secondary school in one of the states, or to students in any other state.”
They are a combination of schools, not a combination,” he added.
The law also introduced new eligibility requirements for the state and territory where a child’s school was located, and required schools to provide more training to staff.”
Topics:education,schools,health,education-facilities,education,australiaFirst posted April 30, 2019 18:23:35Contact Andrew MearesMore stories from New South Welsh”
In the long term, we will be able make sure schools are not only delivering quality education, but also ensuring the children are well prepared for university.”
Topics:education,schools,health,education-facilities,education,australiaFirst posted April 30, 2019 18:23:35Contact Andrew MearesMore stories from New South Welsh