Senate Estimates has confirmed that work for Christopher Pyne’s literacy and numeracy test for student teachers is mysteriously due to be completed only two weeks after he announced it.
The reason? It was actually introduced under the former Government, and officials from the Australian Institute of Teacher and School Leadership (AITSL) have outlined in black and white what Christopher Pyne would not – there was nothing new from his announcement last week that a literacy and numeracy test would be introduced for student teachers.
Only this week Minister Pyne claimed that teaching institutions will have to introduce a literacy and numeracy test for undergraduates.
But the facts were clear at Senate Estimates:
AITSL OFFICIAL: We were asked to deliver the test and the benchmark, by the end of February…
SENATOR DEB O’NEILL: When did this work commence?
AITSL OFFICIAL: Under the previous Government.
SENATE ESTIMATES – 25 FEBRUARY 2015
With 1300 students having already been involved in field trials of the test, the Minister is claiming credit for something he knows isn’t new.
This is another mark of Pyne being the Minister for Ineffectiveness – after his backflip on his Gonski backflip, he is scrambling for credibility and his announcement of a test which is almost complete is testament to this.