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If this were sport rather than education, we'd have a consistently funded national plan

ELEANOR HALL: Could our failure to improve standards in schools be linked to the inconsistency in funding for teacher training projects?

That’s certainly the view of one expert in the field.

Associate Professor Vincent Geiger, from the National School of Education at the Australian Catholic University, has been working in maths education for more than two decades.

He spoke to me earlier from Brisbane, just before the final meeting for one of his training projects.

Professor Geiger, we’ve had international surveys and now NAPLAN again showing disappointing results for Australian students, particularly in your field of maths; and this is despite Federal Government funding for a range of science and maths programs.

Does this suggest the Government’s putting its money into the wrong areas?

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