Media Release | April 2022
The Australian Government Primary Principals Association (AGPPA), representing public
school leaders in every state and territory, and 5300 government primary schools across the
nation, were disappointed in the Federal Education Minister’s comments quoted in the
Sydney Morning Herald on 18 March 2022 regarding ‘dud teachers’.
His comments failed to acknowledge that all teachers, regardless of the sector they
currently work in, have the same university graduation and teacher registration
requirements, as well as the same unswerving commitment to their students.
Public school teachers are present in every community across our nation, delivering the
Australian Curriculum and being responsive to community need. They teach and model the
characteristics of excellence and equity and enable all Australian children in their care to
become confident and creative individuals, successful learners, and active and informed
community members as outlined in the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration.
AGPPA encourages the Minister to broaden his concept of teacher quality beyond the
narrow measures of NAPLAN and PISA. We would welcome the opportunity to speak with
the Minister about this issue as well as the resourcing of education so that every primary
child can be met at their point of need and supported onwards to their brightest future.
Pat Murphy | President, Australian Government Primary Principals Association and
Queensland Association of State School Principals
To interview Pat Murphy telephone 0421 611 235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the leaders of each state principals’ association:
Angela Falkenberg | South Australian Primary Principals Association
Robyn Evans | New South Wales Primary Principals Association
Andrew Dalgleish | Victorian Principals Association
Wendy Cave | Australian Capital Territory Principals’ Association
Sally Milbourne | Tasmanian Principals Association
Niel Smith |Western Australian Primary Principals Association
Robyn Thorpe | Association of Northern Territory School Educational Leaders