Anger as NT schools threaten languages

Anna Patty; 7/9/09

An academic commissioned to review the development of Aboriginal literacy across the country has found no evidence to support the Northern Territory’s controversial changes to bilingual education. The changes, which are supported by the Rudd Government, will from next year require schools to teach all students in English for the first four hours of the day. Professor Peter Buckskin, from the University of South Australia, is in the final stages of completing a report for the nation’s education ministers, to recommend future directions for improving Aboriginal literacy. The report for the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs was not asked to address the NT’s approach to dismantling bilingual education in nine schools but could not avoid it.