Media Release: 12 October, 2008: “Teaching the Others a Lesson!”: ACT Democrats Release Education Policy.

DARREN CHURCHILL
ACT Democrats President
Candidate for Ginninderra

Media Release: 12 October, 2008:
“Teaching the Others a Lesson!”: ACT Democrats Release Education Policy.

“The ACT Democrats support a fully funded, free and accessible public education system. Canberra should be a national educational showcase with a variety of education options and a college system that is the envy of other states. We want an education system where teachers are recognised and valued as professionals.” announced ACT Democrats Ungrouped candidate for Ginninderra, Darren Churchill, launching the Democrats Education Policy at the start of the fourth school term.

Policy initiatives include: recognising and rewarding our teaching professionals; families to have access to a range of high-quality education options to suit their children and their values; a curriculum that teaches literacy and numeracy but also facilitates responsible citizenship, conflict resolution, multicultural studies, environmental responsibility, and personal health; and support for the construction of Gungahlin College as soon as possible.

“A good education system is an investment in society’s future. We need to return to choice in Education, so parents have options for their children.” said Mr Churchill (a qualified teacher).

“We will also restore the pay and conditions for Relief Teachers to pro-rata of their full-time colleagues. All teachers should be valued and respected!’ Mr Churchill declared

“It’s time for education to be taken seriously. That begins with access to a free, high quality and equitable education in public schools. We need a system where teachers can teach and pupils can learn. That means cutting down on unnecessary administrative burdens for teachers.”

“Quality education is back on the agenda!” Mr Churchill concluded.

Darren Churchill
ACT Democrats President
Candidate for Ginninderra
darren.churchill@act.democrats.org.au
Tel: 0412 196 473

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