Funding and NAPLAN in focus for non-government sector ahead of QLD state election
Our union has outlined members’ key priorities ahead of the Queensland state election in late October, with a significant focus on a number of key funding areas for the sector as well as critical professional and industrial issues.
Key IEU member priorities are:
- Certainty and continuity of state funding levels for the independent and Catholic school sectors, given changes to the federal funding model.
- Maintaining current funding levels for the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS) given the current, inadequate short term funding provided by the federal government through the Universal Access funding system.
- Continuing to question the effectiveness and legitimacy of NAPLAN and advocating for the implementation of randomised testing in its place, notwithstanding the recommendations of the recent independent review of NAPLAN undertaken by the Queensland, Victorian, New South Wales and ACT governments.
- Greater support mechanisms, including those related to funding, for the Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) sector which has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
- Establishing structures to reinforce new wage theft laws and enable wage recovery for workers.
Funding certainty crucial
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said certainty of funding for schools remained a critical issue as the transition to the new model under the National School Reform Agreement takes place.
“Funding is also the top issue for kindergarten employees given the current federal government’s failure to commit to permanent, ongoing funding for the sector – despite the significant economic benefits it would produce Australia-wide,” said Mr Burke.
“With no certainty of federal government funding, kindergartens are effectively operating year-to-year, meaning it is essential the state government at least maintains current funding levels as provided through the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme.”
NAPLAN needs to be radically changed
Mr Burke said that when it comes to NAPLAN, we need an assessment strategy that caters to the needs of teachers and students and puts an end to using NAPLAN as a political tool.
“Any testing strategy needs to be a tool that is useful and effective for teachers to inform and support their practice,” he said.
“This will only be achieved through listening to the voices of teachers in regard to the kind of testing system that will enable them to provide quality education to their students – it’s our profession after all,” he said.