22 Oct 2009

Primary schools told to focus on three Rs

8:29 pm on 22 October 2009

Primary schools have been told that art, physical education and science are to take a back seat to the three Rs.

The Ministry of Education has told schools they will get no extra help next year to teach subjects other than reading, writing and mathematics.

The ministry says support services for schools that it funds through various advisers will now focus on a smaller number of critical priorities, including literacy and numeracy, as well as help implement the Government's national standards policy.

Teaching groups say the move is short-sighted and the first sign of how national standards will affect schools and children.