Australian state teachers ordered not to boycott national tests

16:35, April 20, 2010      

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Australia's Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) Tuesday ordered the state's teachers to supervise national numeracy and literacy testing (NAPLAN) next month.

Last week the Australian Education Union (AEU) imposed a moratorium on NAPLAN testing, amid concerns about the Federal government's My School website.

The Queensland Teachers Union (QTU) President Steve Ryan said the fight against league tables will continue.

"Our next step is to talk to the executive of the QTU who is the elected body to consider this matter that's come out of the IRC," he said.

"But I can assure you we will be campaigning around the issue of MySchool and the Federal Minister in association with the AEU and that campaign will not stop."

State Education Minister Geoff Wilson said he expects teachers to follow the IRC's direction.

"I'd be very surprised if Queensland teachers do not comply with a direction of the Queensland Industrial Commission - after all it is a lawful direction that the commission has given," he said.

"What we must remember here is that we're putting Queensland children first."

Source: Xinhua


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