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Cautious Catholic welcome for Qld education reform

Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director, Joe McCorley described this week's announcement of Cabinet approval for the introduction of a Queensland Certificate of Education as positive, but a move that would stretch resources.

Acting Premier and Education Minister Anna Bligh said earlier this week that Cabinet had approved the introduction of the revamped Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). It is envisaged that the new-look QCE will lift the bar on education standards by requiring students to meet a prescribed level achievement of 20 credits to qualify.

Mr McCorley (pictured) said he is pleased the Minister had provided processes to allow the Catholic Education sector to be involved in the planning of the certificate and looked forward to continued close consultation during implementation.

"This certificate will provide evidence of a base quantum of learning to a prescribed level and as such will act as an incentive for students to continue their learning through to senior level and strive to achieve the standards required," he said.

Mr McCorley said while the introduction of the certificate is a positive move in the interests of students, he could foresee some resourcing challenges to ensure that staff and schools are supported during its implementation.

"Streamlining the collection of student data from outside sources and resourcing any additional administrative processes at a school level would be areas needing ongoing discussion," he said.

Mr McCorley said it is important to realise that the QCE would complement the much more detailed Senior Statement and would be additional recognition for those students who meet the requirements of the certificate.

Queensland Certificate of Education (Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Brisbane 13/4/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Queensland Cathoilc Education Commission
Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Brisbane
Queensland Studies Authority - Queensland Certificate of Education

CEO chief pans "retrograde" national Year 12 exam (CathNews 8/2/05)
Reform plan upsets Queensland Catholic education (CathNews 14/3/02)

Revamped school certificate stricter (Courier-Mail 11/4/05)

14 Apr 2005