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Jun 15, 2016 | News | by The Learning Press staff
The Queensland government will deliver record education spending in this week’s budget as schools transition to a new exam system and the Sunshine State looks to lure more international students to its universities.
Around $25 million has been allocated to a five-year International Education and Training Strategy, with state treasurer Curtis Pitt describing education as a “booming export industry in Queensland” and Australian education links with Asia as “critical”.
The state will begin the transition from Overall Position to Australian Tertiary Admission Rank qualifications for high school graduates in the next financial year.
The decision to adopt the ATAR system, which is used to assess Year 12 performance in every other state, will cost $72 million.
The 20-year-old OP system will be replaced for Year 11 students from 2018, with funding going towards trialling new assessment procedures and redeveloping the Year 11 syllabus.
"New senior assessment arrangements will combine the advantages of school-based assessment developed and marked by classroom teachers, with external assessment set and marked by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority," said Queensland education minister Kate Jones.
The budget for school support staff salaries will increase by $102 million over four years following the Palaszczuk government’s 'Letting Teachers Teach’ election commitment to free up teachers from red tape.
"The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring state schools are equipped with high quality admin and support staff so that principals and teachers can focus on maximising student learning outcomes," said Ms Jones.
"Changes in salary classifications for business service managers, administrative officers and others school support staff will be implemented from 2017 to better reflect the range of their responsibilities in contemporary schools."
Another $475 million will be spent on school capital works over the next four years and $192 million will go toward upgrading existing school infrastructure, include funding new primary schools in Caloundra South, Coomera, Yarrabilla and Burdell.
Around $7 million has been earmarked to cover “platform costs” associated with moving away from written to computer-based NAPLAN tests next year.
The government has also targeted funding towards early years education, with $43 million devoted to providing 15 hours a week of kindergarten for Queensland 4-year-olds in the year before they start school.
Education spending makes up about 25 per cent of the overall Queensland budget.