Following the release of the Productivity Commission’s ‘Review of the National School Reform Agreement,’ the Palaszczuk State Labor Government must acknowledge that they have lost control of education in Queensland.
Labor must release a comprehensive strategy to lift educational outcomes and improve school attendance rates.
While the report suggests plateauing student performance across the nation, in Queensland we have seen a decline across our state.
Outcomes and attendance have dropped significantly.
We have also seen failures in ensuring good educational outcomes for First Nations students.
And it must be remembered that last year’s Queensland State Budget revealed not a single educational outcome target was achieved across reading, writing and numeracy, through years 3, 5, 7, and 9.
This is extremely concerning and yet there is still no comprehensive plan from the Labor State Government to address this steady decline.
The Productivity Commission provides recommendations but puts emphasis on each State Government setting and measuring targets that reflect their circumstances and report on their own progress each year.
The Palaszczuk State Labor Government have failed to actively monitor and evaluate key educational outcomes for students and after three terms in office we are yet to see any meaningful targets.
Queensland teachers are doing a remarkable job and need to be supported if they’re to deliver improved results for our students.
Since 2015 we have seen figures indicating that new teachers across Queensland are leaving the profession in large numbers and the Palaszczuk Governments pledge to deliver 6190 additional teachers by 2024 is failing.
The State Government have no plan and are letting Queensland students, families and teachers down.