Parents told to forget fears

PARENTS whose children are due to sit NAPLAN literacy and numeracy tests next week should have no fears for their safety, according to an Education Department official.

“Every site we administer will have experienced educators and teachers overseeing it,” said Ron Phillips, North Coast director of the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET).

His assurance comes despite admissions from the department it is scouring databases and recruitment agencies to find people to step in if teachers at schools persist with their NAPLAN boycott.

The NSW Teachers’ Federation has backed the Australian Education Union (AEU) in banning the tests in protest at their use to create league tables based upon the My School website.

Mr Phillips said the vast majority of schools in the region would co-operate in holding the tests, and would be able to do so using their current staff members.

Those that had a shortfall of supervisors for the tests would be supplemented by former teachers and other experienced test administrators, he said.

“We have already commenced training people, and everyone will have been processed through the child protection measures,” Mr Phillips said.



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