TEACHERS in New South Wales have forced the abandonment of high school literacy tests, despite being threatened with fines of $(A)10,000 (pound;3,852).
Ninety per cent of schools refused to conduct the tests last week despite being ordered to do so by the Education Department. State premier Bob Carr called on the Industrial Relations Commission to impose the fines on the NSW Teachers Federation for placing bns on the tests. But after the industrial action he was forced to backtrack under pressure from the NSW Labor Council. The federation opposed the tests, planned for 120,000 students in their first two years of high school, because it feared results would be used to transfer staff with expertise in teaching children with learning difficulties to areas of need, depriving other schools of their help.