Thursday, 28 May 2015

Abbott loses the plot

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made an embarrassing blunder, ridiculing his own government's investment in technology education. 

During question time on Wednesday, Labor leader Bill Shorten asked the Prime Minister whether he would support coding being taught in every primary and secondary school. 

"Let's just understand exactly what the Leader of the Opposition has asked," the Prime Minister said. "He said that he wants primary school kids to be taught coding so they can get the jobs of the future. Does he want to send them all out to work at the age of 11? Is that what he wants to do? Seriously?" 

The Abbott government has already invested $3.5 million in the coding across the curriculum package. While the program does not make coding compulsory, it will develop a suite of resources that support and promote best practice teaching across different year levels, including primary schools.  Science and business leaders have long called for coding to be taught formally in schools.

Mr Abbott quickly tried to backtrack, telling question time, "We are doing it Madam Speaker, we are doing it". 

On Thursday Mr Abbott further distanced himself from his remarks from the previous day. But the fact remains- he doesn't know his party's own education policy.

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