Thursday, 2 August 2018

Birmingham at it again

The Australian Education Union has accused the Turnbull government of using students as an “experiment”, after tender documents revealed a new government program could allow people without university degrees to teach in classrooms.

For the last federal budget the education minister, Simon Birmingham, announced a new “high-achieving teachers program” as a way of providing “new and diverse pathways into teaching”.

The program is essentially a spin-off of the existing Teach for Australia program, which has been running since 2009. Until now the $77m program has been run exclusively by Teach for Australia, but the government has opened the new high-achieving teachers program to bids from other private tenderers.

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