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Vaccination of teachers: PV media comment

An article published in the Herald-Sun yesterday focuses on Covid-19 outbreaks in schools. According to the article, “Unions, parents and educator lobby groups are united in calling for teachers to be vaccinated as a priority.” PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy was consulted by the Herald-Sun for the article. Gail’s comments, as supplied to the newspaper, are given here in

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Drug use by school students: PV media comment

The Herald-Sun published an article today about increasing use of the drug ketamine by Victorian school students. PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail’s commentary on this issue, as supplied to the Herald-Sun, is given here in full: “Drugs, alcohol and vaping remain an issue for schools, students and their families. “The Department gives

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Equity in schooling: PV media comment

Research quoted in an article in today’s Herald-Sun shows that there is a strong link between the socio-economic status of a school’s community, and the NAPLAN scores of its students. The article points out that this effect crosses the public/private divide – government schools in affluent areas may out-perform expensive private schools. Parents Victoria Executive Officer Gail

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Disqualified teacher: PV media comment

The Herald-Sun published a report yesterday (22 June) about a Catholic primary school teacher who has had his registration cancelled and has been disqualified from teaching by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail said the register was important to protect children. “The royal commissions have taught us

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Lockdown: PV media comment

PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy was quoted in a Herald-Sun article today, titled Home schooling Melbourne lockdown: Parents guide to home teaching. Gail said she wanted to emphasise to all parents and carers in Lockdown 4 (which we she hopes is a very short stint) to do the best they can with what they can. “Every household is different,

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Religious knives in schools: PV media comment

The Herald-Sun published an article yesterday stating that, “A loophole in Victorian law is allowing certain students to bring knives to school, despite the type being used in a recent NSW school stabbing.”  The article refers to the kirpan, a knife that initiated Sikhs are required to carry at all times by their religion. The issue has become controversial since

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Suspended and disqualified teachers: PV media comment

The Herald-Sun reported today that “Teachers are being dumped from classrooms at an alarming rate…” The article states that over 70 teachers have been suspended or disqualified by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) since 2019. The reasons included sex, drug and violence offences. The article quotes a VIT spokeswoman as saying that new levels of community

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Tudge fudges school results and funding

Save Our Schools says that Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge “resorted to fudging figures to denigrate Australia’s school performance at the Age education summit last week”. Mr Tudge claimed that the UK has improved student outcomes while cutting school funding. However SOS says he ignored serious flaws in the reporting of its results and fudged data on

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School funding: PV media comment

Parents Victoria Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in an article from yesterday’s Age about school funding. Gail responds to Federal Education MInister Alan Tudge’s recent comments rejecting the link between increased school funding and better student performance. Gail said that public schools continued to be underfunded in comparison with non-government schools that receive significant federal funding.

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NAPLAN controversy

You may have noticed an article in News Corp publications a few weeks ago, claiming that: “Parents will be kept in the dark about school NAPLAN rankings under a new ban on “league tables”. The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has banned schools and the media from publishing comparisons of performance in national

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