Union says teacher quality review a "missed opportunity"

AN EDUCATION union has hit out at the Abbott government's teacher quality review.

The Australian Education Union said the review should have recommended an increase in the university entrance scores of new students hoping to study teaching.

But Education Minister Christopher Pyne said the review, released yesterday, made recommendations that went further than university entrance scores.

The union's federal president Correna Haythorpe said the review should have included a minimum university entrance score for future teachers.

She said the review was a "missed opportunity".

But Mr Pyne dismissed such concerns, saying plans for a selection process would be "more sophisticated, because there are a number of different kinds of personalities that can be great teachers, regardless of (the) scores".

He said the scores were also used by about only 50% of entrants to university.



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