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Sad but not at all surprising

THE Howard Government has lied about school results, unfairly attacked the quality of teaching and disparaged curriculums to impose federal control over education and increase the privatisation of schooling, a report says.

In the report, former Productivity Commission economist Trevor Cobbold says the Howard Government has transformed education into a market-based privatised system, aided by “the perpetration of three great frauds on the Australian public”.

These include the “myth” that there is a crisis in schools, that increased choice and competition in schools will improve student achievement, and the Government’s funding for private schools will help low-income families.

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