Petition Praying that support be maintained for bilingual programs in Northern Territory Schools given the high level of community support for these programs (13 petitioners)
Tabled paper 1306
Tabled Papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Denis Burke
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No. 31 LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY RESPONSE TO PETITION Date Petition presented: 12 October 1999 Presented by: HON. PETER ADAMSON, MLA Referred To: MINISTER FOR EDUCATION Title: BILINGUAL EDUCATION TO THE HONOURABLE THE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY: We the undersigned respectfully showeth that the progressive withdrawal of the bilingual programs in the Northern Territory schools will mean that: Aboriginal people are being told that their written and spoken languages have no official place in NT schools for their children. Access to English literacy will be more difficult if literacy is not achieved first in the language that the children speak (national and international research supports this). The nationally and internationally recognised work done by the NT Bilingual Programs in collecting and maintaining language resources will be discontinued (this is part of the heritage of all Australian) Aboriginal teachers will have greatly reduced career paths. YOUR PETITIONERS URGENTLY REQUEST THAT THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY MAINTAIN AND CONTINUE SUPPORT FOR BILINGUAL PROGRAMS IN NT SCHOOLS. GIVEN THE HIGH LEVEL OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR THESE PROGRAMS. AND YOUR PETITIONERS AS IN DUTY BOUND WILL EVER PRAY. RESPONSE Similar to Petition No. 10 - no response due