10 March 2020

Australian universities 'have a societal duty to recruit the best graduates for teaching'

IPA Author Dr Bella d’Abrera says Australia should "take a leaf out of Singapore's book" and recruit the top third of graduates for the teaching profession.

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The latest NAPLAN results released on Monday revealed that children from non-English speaking homes were performing better than non-migrant children in writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Dr d'Abrera said these results “really highlight how important it is to have quality teachers”.

In Singapore, teaching is seen as a desirable profession that is well paid and “held in high regard by society,” Dr d’Abrera told Sky News host Peta Credlin.

“People want to go into the teaching profession,” she said.

According to Dr d’Abrera, Australian universities “have a societal duty to put the best graduates in the classrooms to teach Australian children”.

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