Govt considers a range of test options.
Govt considers a range of test options.

Parents say no to surrogate job

PARENTS will not be used as strike breakers if teachers carry out a threat to boycott national exams if the NSW Parents and Citizens Association has anything to do with it.

In a potentially embarrassing development for the Government, the NSW Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations (NSW P&C) has slammed Education Minister Julia Gillard’s suggestion that parents could be asked to step in if teachers refused to supervise next month’s National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.

Ms Gillard said the Government was considering a range of options to ensure the tests take place, including asking parents to step in.

President Di Giblin said that despite Ms Gillard’s assurances to the contrary, an open dialogue between the Government and teachers was virtually non-existent.

“It is not the role of parents to supervise the implementation of such testing. This lies in the hands of Government who have the responsibility of the education of our children,” Ms Giblin said.

“Such action can only lead to the driving of a wedge between the key partners in a child’s formal educational experience, the parent and the teacher.”

The Australian Education Union will meet on Monday to decide whether to boycott the tests in protest at the Government’s plans to publish the results on its My School website.



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