Graduates with a degree need to pay to prove literacy and numeracy skills!!

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Dear Minister for Education, Simon Birmingham, 

I write this letter on behalf of a body of students who are currently enrolled in a Diploma of Education. 

As you would be aware, from 1 July 2016, it became national policy that all initial teacher education students are expected to sit and pass the 'LANTITE' numeracy and literacy tests prior to graduating, regardless of prior experience or academic achievements. The purpose of this test was claimed to be 'used as the means to demonstrate that students completing initial teacher education courses are in the top 30 per cent of the Australian adult population for personal literacy and numeracy.' 

However, the majority of current Diploma of Education students, feel that this test is both unnecessary and even somewhat insulting. Significantly, to even enrol in a Diploma of Education, we must have already completed and graduated with a prior degree. Some of these initial teacher students even have Masters degrees and Doctorates of Philosophy. Surely, to complete these degrees we have already demonstrated high level literacy and numeracy skills. Indeed, university work involves much reading, essay or presentation writings, and numerical work. How could we graduate without meeting basic literacy and numeracy standards?

Further to this, having to pay a significant additional fee (currently $185 for both tests), to even sit these tests is an additional burden to our already substantial study fees.

Taken together, we do not support the inclusion of the LANTITE tests as prerequisites for the Diploma of Education and encourage you and others to consider removing this unnecessary, expensive and insulting initiative.  


Thank you in advance for reading this letter and look forward to your reply. 



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