EDUCATIONAL POINTS TO PONDER

The ICAC report and recommendations on the Milingimbi School funding situation and monetary use, raise two very important points. Firstly, school principals and finance managers have to be scrupulously circumspect in the way priorities are established for the use of funds. Secondly, the Department of Education audit processes must involve an examination of school accounts and not be about rubber stamping without checking. A situation like Milingimbi reflects badly on the budgetary management of all schools and that is not fair.

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The decision by the Charles Darwin University Board to reinstate the Diploma of Nursing is very good news. Hopefully the revamped program will have a strong focus on practical skills including bedside manner and relationships with patients. Too often, modern training has a clinical focus but not one that includes the way nurses interact with those being treated.

Educators and those who place a high level of emphasis and importance on NAPLAN tests (NT News 25/8) will be delighted at the upturn in NT competencies confirmed by the May 2021 results. This is great news and helps confirm the benefits of ongoing face to face teaching in our schools. Opportunities for many students in other states have been hindered by school closures and forced online learning.

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