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Law passed to make pre-school compulsory

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Pre-primary education has been made compulsory in Western Australia after a bill was passed in parliament to ensure 13 years of compulsory schooling.

The School Education Amendment Bill 2012 will come into effect on January 1 next year.

Education Minister Peter Collier said pre-primary was a vital step in children's learning when they developed foundation skills and became used to the routine of school life.

"Pre-primary is also the year when every public school student is assessed on literacy and numeracy so their teachers can plan the best learning programs for them," he said.

"This on-entry assessment includes aspects of oral language, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, counting, ordering, early spatial awareness and simple measurement comparisons."

The pre-primary year will follow kindergarten, which will be the only non-compulsory year of education.

In another recent reform, WA will move all year seven students to secondary schools in 2015.

AAP

2 comments so far

  • The first bill is a mere formality as WA already has a more than 90% participation rate in these currently not compulsory school years. The other recent reform I still have some trouble understanding. How many 12 year olds are (emotionally) ready to make the jump to the high school setting and is it really in the interest of these younger children to be on a campus with 17 and now 18 years olds?

    Commenter
    Waiting for an explanation.
    Location
    Perth
    Date and time
    November 14, 2012, 3:14PM
    • And when is a measurable education standard going to be applied to the sundry spokespersons of the Education Department???

      Commenter
      Beamer
      Location
      East Pert
      Date and time
      November 16, 2012, 1:08AM

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