LNP stands by its school policy

THE LNP's Independent Public Schools policy concept would deprive regional and rural schools of critical education resources, according to State Education Minister Cameron Dick.

"The LNP's policy will be absolutely devastating for our smaller schools that rely on the support of Education Queensland to deliver first-class education," Mr Dick said.

"It is time for the LNP to put on record which schools in the Gregory electorate they want to leave behind."

But Shadow Education Minister Bruce Flegg said the policy, to be rolled out in stages through an 'opt-in' process, would boost regional and remote schools.

He said the government's response was "rubbish" as schools would be able to decide on curriculum, the allocation of resources and the teachers to have in their schools.

"This policy is of substantial advantage to the remote and rural schools. They are the ones that currently get the least under this government," Mr Flegg said.

The policy would create school clusters throughout the state, pairing primary and high schools to ensure the flow of curriculum and resources for students.

Mr Flegg said the LNP would maintain the current system under which teachers who serve in rural and remote schools for more than a year are given preference to teach at larger metropolitan schools.

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