Liberals Push For Literacy & Numeracy Tests To Enrol In Teaching Degrees

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School leavers will soon be required to pass literacy and numeracy tests before enrolling in teaching degrees, with one in 10 university graduates in education courses failing the core requirement.

The Coalition's plan to improve teaching standards follows concerns raised by Acting Education Minister Stuart Robert that at least a quarter of maths teachers in Australia are not qualified to teach the subject.

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“Ten per cent of our teaching graduates are failing on basic literacy and numeracy,’’ he said. “Ten per cent (of those) are failing it not once, not twice, but three times.’’

Mr Robert warns that Australia's education standards have been steadily declining since 2003, as seen on the international PISA-based test for schools.

"Reading has gone from fourth to sixteenth in the world as a standing for our nation, science we've slipped down to seventeenth in the world from eight, and mathematics we've slipped from eleventh to twenty-ninth in the world".

In a move to heighten education standards, the Coalition will push for all states and territories to mandate that students pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) as a condition of starting their university degree.


The federal government announced on Wednesday $40m in extra funding to incite 700 mid-career professionals including engineers, lawyers, tech experts and tradies into classrooms, through the Teach for Australia program, if re-elected.

Roberts also said $13.4m would go toward changing teacher accreditation standards, creating greater incentives for mid-career professionals with a university degree to retrain as school teachers.

The move will see the graduate diploma of education changed from a two-year degree to one.

The Morrison government's announcement was delivered just as thousands of NSW teachers rallied across the state demanding better pay and work conditions.


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5 May 2022

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