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Catholic sector welcomes Govt Quality Teaching Institute

The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) has issued a statement of support following Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson's announcement that the Federal Government will spend $10 million setting up a national institute aimed at improving school teaching standards.

The Canberra-based institute will begin operating next year, with support from the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.

NCEC Chairman Monsignor Tom Doyle said: "The Institute represents a positive response from the Government to the need, widely recognised in the education community, for a body to act as a point of focus for the development of a national approach to professional standards.

"It will also provide further opportunities for school principals to develop their skills."

Dr Nelson said: "It's the quality of teaching that counts and what we've got to do is make sure that we have a national focus for it in the development and distribution of professional development resources for our teachers."

Monsignor Doyle said: "The NCEC is particularly pleased that the profession will be given responsibility for managing the Institute."

The NCEC represents over 1700 schools educating 650,000 students and employing approximately 40,000 teachers.

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21 Jul 2003