Parents share ideas on schooling

CONSTRUCTIVE ideas were flowing yesterday, as Gladstone parents put their thoughts about the state’s education and went about giving a lesson to the Education Department.

John Abood, a Chanel College board member, said he was “very interested” in taking part in the consultation process, to gain an understanding of the Green Paper, A Flying Start for Queensland Children, as well as have his say.

“I think we’re all concerned with the transition from Year 7 to high school; we agree it should happen, but it will create a few problems we need to plan for.

“The people who came along said what they thought, which is always important.”

Mr Abood said the major problem he could foresee was the lack of space for the students.

Kin Kora State School P&C president David Orgill said he heard good ideas at the forum.

“Here in Gladstone, get more corporate businesses to give parents the flexibility through working hours to become involved in the schools,” he said.

“Why do we need teachers to get a degree in three years plus expect them to be able to handle a classroom. Why do they have to finish in a shorter timeframe, and is this a good outcome for teaching? It doesn’t appear to be the situation from what I’ve (been) hearing.”

Mr Orgill said parents he had spoken to feel their kids are ready for secondary school by the halfway mark of the school year.

“That’s the big one I’ve been hearing,” Mr Orgill said.



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