Educators confident standards are high

CLARENCE Valley educators believe the quality of modern teaching standards will stand up to the inquiry announced by federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson last week.

Grafton Teachers' Association president Dennis Doble dismissed recent claims suggesting many teachers would fail basic Year 8 level literacy and numeracy tests.

"The staff that I work with and the teachers that I know are very highly regarded professionals and I have not seen any evidence (of incompetence)," he said.

And while Mr Doble was confident his peers' ability would ultimately be proven by the inquiry, which is to chaired by Nationals' Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker, he felt it would be good for the teaching profession.

"Anything that will lead to better learning conditions and better learning outcomes I think is a good thing," he said.

Grafton High School principal Colin Lang agreed and believed the level of tertiary training provided to prospective teachers was more rigorous than ever.

In his 30 years as an educator, Mr Lang said he had not seen a noticeable change in the quality of young teachers entering the profession.

Like Mr Doble, though, he felt the inquiry ? the first of its kind in 25 years ? would hopefully provide interesting results and contribute to the betterment of education stan- dards in Australia.



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