Year 7 move to high school 'too soon'

AN EMERALD parent is concerned her daughter will be missing out as the State Government plans to move Year 7 students into high school.

The mother said her daughter, who started Prep in 2008, will have missed out on a year of learning by the time she starts high school in 2015.

The mother said it was due to the government not implementing the correct Prep curriculum for the first three years when it was first introduced throughout Queensland in 2007.

“My daughter was the second Prep year in Queensland and will be the first in Grade 7 in high school,” she said.

“I am concerned the Prep curriculum wasn’t to the standard of other states and they are trying to play catch-up.

“They are behind the eight ball and are asking too much of the students.”

It is for this reason the Emerald mother suggests the introduction of Year 7 students into high school be delayed until 2016.

“I think Grade 7s going into high school will be great with the amount of interstate families moving here, it will be good to come into line with the other states,” she said.

“But I think the 2008/2009 children should be held back into primary school to get a proper seven years of schooling.

“The 2010 students should start Grade 7 in high school as they were taught the correct curriculum.”

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