REPORT CARDS OUTRAGE PARENTS
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
NORTHERN Rivers Parents and Citizens Associations are outraged by plans to rank primary school children against their classmates.
Representatives from local schools expressed their anger over new standardised report cards, which will use the ranking system, at Saturday's Far North Coast P&C Sub-Regional Council meeting in Goonellabah.
The reports will be introduced in NSW public schools next year.
Deborah Lloyd, from Lismore's Richmond River High School P&C, said she knew something was wrong with the entire education system when her daughter came home crying because she got an A in a high school German exam.
"I couldn't believe it," said Mrs Lloyd.
"She was hoping for an A+ and didn't think an A was good enough!"
Mrs Lloyd said she feared the new report cards would only increase the already-high level of pressure and competition among students.
"Whether the ranking system will apply for kindergarten to Year 3 students is still up for discussion, so what we want people to do is write to the Federal Education Minister," Mrs Lloyd said.
Far North Coast P&C president Felicia Cecil, of Kingscliff, said she was also concerned about the impact of the change on parents who had not established relationships with their children's teachers.
"What parents want to know is how to help their children and what they can do better. They don't want to know if they're better or worse than their best friend at the next desk by one or two marks," she said.
"It's like bringing the UAI (University Admissions Index for Year 12 students) back down through the years."