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School Zoning (6)

Dr CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (14:04): My question is to the Minister for Education. Why did the minister choose not to consult with any parents before excising suburbs from the Adelaide high schools’ zone?

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:05): I thank the member for that question, and it is a reasonable question. The fact is that the new government came to government in March last year. At that time, the former government had made a determination, first announced in 2013, and I think a cabinet decision seems to have followed in 2017 that was gazetted in August last year for the 2019 zone for the Adelaide High and Adelaide Botanic High School shared zone.

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School Zoning (5)

Dr CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (14:09): My question is again to the Minister for Education. When did the minister first resolve to remove the western and south-western suburbs from the Adelaide high schools' zone?

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School Zoning (4)

Dr CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (14:10): My question is to the Minister for Education. What options were presented to the minister, including alternative zone changes, capital build or any other strategies?

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School Zoning (3)

Dr CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (14:19): My question is to the Minister for Education. Did the minister ask for a financial impact assessment on householders in those suburbs prior to excising them from the Adelaide high schools' zone?

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:20): No, and the reason is that the responsibility of—

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School Zoning (2)

Dr CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (14:25): My question is to the Minister for Education. Will the minister now apologise for the impact on families in the suburbs cut out of the Adelaide high schools' zone?

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:25): I thank the member for the question. The fact is that I am very sorry that there has been disruption in a number of families' lives and their expectation that had built up that next year they would be attending a certain school. That is why the education department is ensuring that officers are available to give case management support to all those families to ensure that they are aware of their options and opportunities across our government system.

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Phonics Checks

Mr DULUK (Waite) (14:28): My question is also to the Minister for Education. Can the minister update the house on the delivery of year 1 phonics checks in South Australian schools?

Members interjecting:

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School Zoning

Dr CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (14:33): My question is to the Minister for Education. Why did the minister choose to fund a sufficient expansion for year 7 at Brighton high school, Unley High School, Glenunga high school and Norwood Morialta High School but not allow the suburbs to stay in the zone for Adelaide High School?

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:33): I thank the member for the question, and I am happy to answer it. The simple—

Ms Stinson interjecting:

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School Internet Service

Mr McBRIDE (MacKillop) (15:05): My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister update the house about the government's delivery of its election commitment for an improved internet service for schools—

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TAFE SA Reviews

Mr TEAGUE (Heysen) (11:15): It is my privilege to move:

That this house—

(a) notes the reports of the Quality Review and the Strategic Capability Review into TAFE SA;

(b) welcomes the government’s response to these reports as outlined in A Fresh Start for TAFE SA;

(c) congratulates those in the TAFE SA organisation who have contributed to improvements in training delivery for South Australian students; and

(d) expresses serious concerns about the failures of government oversight that led to the concerning findings identified in the reviews into TAFE SA.

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South Australian Certificate of Education 2018

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:19): I seek leave to make a ministerial statement.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER: Today, I am pleased to advise the house of the release of the review of the South Australian Certificate of Education. The independent review was led by Wendy Johnson, the highly regarded principal of Glenunga International High School, and was informed by extensive consultation and received numerous submissions, including more than 1,500 survey responses. The review, which fulfils an election commitment of the Marshall Liberal government, is a crucial step to ensuring that we maintain an outstanding and highly regarded SACE certificate that is the envy of other jurisdictions.

 

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