Question to the Minister for Education

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South)— My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister confirm that the $57 million national partnership funding provided to reward participating schools for reaching the numeracy and literacy targets has not been passed on to government schools like Fountain Gate Primary School and Kambrya College but is instead languishing in the Department of Treasury and Finance?

Mr DIXON (Minister for Education)— I thank the member for her question. The question is quite a relevant question today when we have seen some of the international standards that have been raised in terms of literacy and numeracy as well as maths and science. They show that although Victoria is performing at or near the top in Australia, we are falling behind the rest of the world.

That is why we are making the changes we are making to make a real difference in education in Victoria.

We have even announced today that the national minimum that has been applied over all the states and territories so that the Labor states and territories would get on board the NAPLAN (national assessment program — literacy and numeracy) is just too low. We are going to raise the standard and we are going to insist that our — —

Mr Merlino — On a point of order, Speaker, the minister is not being relevant to the question. You cannot raise the standard if you withhold the money. You cannot raise the standard if you do not pass on those reward payments.

The SPEAKER — Order! I do not uphold the point of order. I believe the answer was relevant to the question that was asked.

Mr DIXON — We have got a very proud record on this side of the house already in two years of making real changes to education that are going to take our schools to the top tier, including in literacy and numeracy. Our initiatives in that area have been well funded by Treasury, and I thank it for that.