Labor needs to release secret NAPLAN review

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The LNP is calling on Annastacia Palaszczuk to release her secret NAPLAN review well ahead of a national meeting of Education Ministers this week.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said the report was due to be handed to the government in October but over a month later it still hadn't been released.

"This is once again another sign of the secrecy and cover-ups in the Palaszczuk Labor Government," Ms Frecklington said.

"Education Minister Grace Grace needs to stop doing the bidding of the union bosses and start focusing on supporting our teachers and improving student results.

"Labor need to start consulting with Queenslanders by having a proper conversation about the future of NAPLAN testing.

"The LNP has a plan to boost education standards and giving our kids the best chance of getting a job and getting ahead in life.

"That includes air-conditioning every public school classroom, supporting teachers through a simplified curriculum and giving local principals, parents and teachers more say on how to run their school.

"We want Queensland kids to be the smartest in the nation.

"We need to test that against other states to measure and improve student performance."

LNP Shadow Education Minister Jarrod Bleijie said that Education Minister Grace Grace needed to come clean with Queenslanders.

"We have seen this before, with the secret review into Independent Public Schools," Mr Bleijie said.

"NAPLAN was a reform that was introduced by a Federal Labor Government in 2008, but we know the Queensland Teachers Union want it scrapped.

"Rather than blaming the test, we should be focusing on getting better results.

"Queensland parents deserve to know how their kids are performing.

"We understand that there will be a review of NAPLAN, but that should not be an excuse to scrap it altogether.

"Labor should be looking at what we can do to improve NAPLAN and make it even better," Mr Bleijie said.

Media release from Labor in September - http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2018/9/4/next-phase-of-queenslands-naplan-evaluation-underway

 
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Deb Frecklington : Leader of the Liberal National Party (LNP) of Queensland
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