Kay Hallahan

Kay Hallahan

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    Opposition challenged over schooling for five-year-olds

    29/01/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    The State Government today challenged the Opposition parties to spell out their timetable for the introduction of voluntary full-time pre-primary schooling for five-year-olds.
     
    Education Minister Kay Hallahan said the Liberal education policy had no detail about when, or if, all schools would offer the voluntary program.
     
    Mrs Hallahan said parents had a right to know if the introduction of the program would be delayed by the Liberals to appease the National Party - strong opponents of the program.
     
    "Full-time pre-primary education for thousands of five-year-olds could be in jeopardy if the National Party gets its way," she said.
     
    "The Government has offered the pre-primary program to 7,500 five-year-olds this year as the first stage of its policy to extend the opportunity to all five-year-olds.
     
    "This is despite the best efforts of the Liberal and National parties to block the introduction of the program."
     
    Mrs Hallahan said the National Party's education policy released last year stated it would 'continue to oppose the use of public monies for the provision of full-time pre-primary education for five-year-olds, even on a voluntary basis'.
     
    The Minister said the Government would press ahead with the program, as it would provide five-year-olds with sound preparation for their formal years of schooling.