The Coalition Government welcomed today’s NAPLAN results which showed improvements in the performance of Indigenous students in numeracy and literacy across the nation, with the exception of the Northern Territory.
The 2018 NAPLAN results indicate that Indigenous students’ literacy and numeracy rates have improved at twice the rate of non-Indigenous students over the past decade.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion said that an education is the foundation to a successful life which is why the Coalition Government is doing everything we can to get Indigenous students to attend school and complete their education.
“Our Remote School Attendance Strategy has increased attendance rates in some of the lowest performing schools in the country and ensured more Indigenous children in remote communities are going to school.
“The Coalition Government is investing over $80 million to extend the RSAS until 31 December 2021. In contrast, Bill Shorten and Labor will scrap the Remote School Attendance Strategy and the 500 jobs it provides across remote Australian.
“Since the commencement of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy in July 2014, we have invested more than $400 million in activities designed to help over 25,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students stay engaged, complete their school education and make successful post-school transitions.
“Our new $200 million Closing the Gap education package will build on this investment and ensure more Indigenous children get the support need to attend and complete school.
“Disappointingly, results in the Northern Territory under the Gunner Labor Government continue to be below the national standard despite record Federal funding for education.
“Despite the record Federal education funding, the Gunner Labor Government continues to badly mismanage this critical portfolio and has failed to fully explain how it spends funds that are meant to be dedicated for remote and Indigenous schools.
“To try and make up for Michael Gunner’s failures, the Coalition Government is providing over $275 million to increase educational outcomes for Indigenous children in remote schools across the Territory in addition to the record schools funding provided to the Northern Territory Government.
“All we have heard from Territory Labor candidates Luke Gosling and Warren Snowdon on the poor education outcomes being delivered by the hapless and hopeless Michael Gunner is deafening silence, meanwhile the CLPs Kathy Ganley and Jacinta Price continue to fight for better education outcomes for all Territory students.
“The Coalition Government is committed to improving life outcomes for Indigenous Australians and we are refreshing the Closing the Gap framework in partnership with Indigenous peak organisations to provide a pathway to deliver these outcomes,” Senator Scullion said.