Sandie Munn, Paige Munn, 7, Rahnee Parker, 9, Ann Parker, Olivia Ward, 8, Harriet Ward, 4, and Michelle Ward support Boyne Island State School becoming indepdendent.
Sandie Munn, Paige Munn, 7, Rahnee Parker, 9, Ann Parker, Olivia Ward, 8, Harriet Ward, 4, and Michelle Ward support Boyne Island State School becoming indepdendent.

Boyne school to become independent in 2015

BOYNE Island State School will become an independent public school from next year.

The school was the only Gladstone region school to successfully petition to make the change in 2015.

The State Opposition said the new classification was a case of the government "shirking responsibility" for schools and students.

But Premier Campbell Newman said becoming an independent public school would allow principals to run their schools with more freedom.

"Two and a half years ago, principals and school communities were shackled with red tape and regulation," he said.

"Policy decisions were dictated to schools by a centralised bureaucracy with local parents and teachers given little say on teaching methods and programs.

"Giving parents and school communities a real say on what is best for their local school is helping to improve kids' education and job opportunities.

"By working together we've made real progress, but there is more to be done to achieve better results."

However, Labor's education spokesman Dr Anthony Lynham said the move cut schools off from government help.

"Many principals and teachers I speak to don't like the stress that comes with changing to an independent public school because departmental support stops, and they are burdened with administrative tasks or need to pay for assistance by using funds that should be going into teaching," he said.

"If principals and teachers are overworked and under-resourced, that has to have an effect on the learning of our children."



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