Media Release

27 February 2018

Smith: Daniel Andrews has literacy and numeracy standards all back-to-front

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Daniel Andrews has literacy and numeracy standards all back-to-front

A Guy Government wants to teach and test kids to read and write from Foundation Year, Daniel Andrews wants to test them in Year 12 when it’s too late to take corrective action.

This is Daniel Andrews running up the white flag when it comes to education standards and outcomes in our schools.

Under Daniel Andrews’ plan, they will be identifying students with learning problems at the end of their schooling, not at the beginning.

That’s why the Liberal Nationals plan for a Phonics Test in Year 1 is so important to check that our kids are building a foundation for lifelong learning.

James Merlino says he wants to improve literacy and numeracy skills. So here’s some maths for him.

Labor has been in government for 14 of the last 18 years but still blames everyone else for the state of our education system. James Merlino has been Minister for Education with record levels of funding for the last three years but education outcomes have not improved under his watch.