Children attending kindergarten in the Northern Territory are finding it hard to write with their hands as their handwriting practice continues to decline, according to a report card published by the Northern Education Union (NEU).
Key points:Key pointsThe Northern Territory report card found the kindergarten handwriting score for boys was at 7.5, and the kindergarten for girls was at 8.0Source: NT Department of Education/News.com, The NT Department on Education and SkillsNAU president Dr Jennifer Tynan said the school system had a lot of work to do in terms of improving its teaching methods and curriculum.
“In terms of our school system, it’s a bit of a challenge to say that we’ve done a good job in terms for the children,” she said.
“The kindergarten score has definitely dropped significantly in the last two years.”
The NT Department said it was working to address the issue by adding new programs in the classroom and providing extra funding to support teachers.
“We’ve seen a lot more support and we’ve seen the school community getting more involved and making sure the school has the support it needs,” Ms Tynian said.
She said it would take time to improve the teaching methods for the students, who needed to work with their parents to get to a level of proficiency that was satisfactory for them.
The NEU said the kindergarten score was lower than other states, which had an average score of 9.8, but the difference was lessened for students aged from 0 to 14.
Ms Tynus said the low kindergarten score indicated that children were not receiving the support they needed.
“It’s the worst score we’ve ever seen,” she told ABC Rural.
“They’re in kindergarten, they’ve been in kindergarten for two years, and they’re getting nowhere with their handwriting.”
I don’t think that that’s good for them to be sitting in front of the class and writing to themselves all day.
“The NEV said it wanted to work collaboratively with teachers, parents and other stakeholders to identify and implement solutions.
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