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Media Release - James Merlino gets an A+ for excuses but F for results

   Monday, 5 February 2018

James Merlino gets an A+ for excuses but F for results Monday 5 February 2018

Victorian Labor has been in government for 14 of the last 18 years and yet James Merlino is still making excuses for the latest figures showing school students’ performances are going backwards.

Despite billions of dollars in additional funding for schools, standards and outcomes at our schools are going backwards.

A report in The Age this morning also revealed that parents' trust in the state school system has taken a hit, with just 51.7% reporting high levels of confidence in the sector.

The report also showed that of the nine targets that have reported data for 2016 and 2017, only two areas improved. That’s why the Liberal Nationals have a policy to get back to basics in our education system. We need to de-clutter the curriculum and prioritise the basics like literacy and numeracy skills.

The current curriculum is so crowded that our kids aren’t mastering the basics like literacy and numeracy skills.

If the Education Minister can’t work out that being in government for 14 of 18 years means Labor bears the responsibility for these poor student outcomes, then perhaps James Merlino needs to improve his own numeracy skills.