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Education Act plans due in Tas parliament

AAP logoAAP 19/09/2016

The Tasmanian government will back up one of its major proposed changes to the Education Act with millions of dollars in funding to assist children whose families choose to send them to school at age four.

The Liberal administration is expected to this week reveal the full details of its legislative amendments, which will include an option to start prep at four-and-a-half years old, lowered by six months.

"This $2 million investment in indoor play spaces, and $1 million in outdoor areas is in addition to the more than $100 million already committed, providing for more teachers, teacher assistants, specialist staff to support children with a disability and improved infrastructure as part of the changes," Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said.

Planned changes to the state's education system have already been contentious, with the government backing down from its initial mandatory earlier school starting age, instead making it voluntary.

The Greens have already indicated the once-in-a-generation changes deserve thorough scrutiny.

"There's been strong community concern about the proposed education changes," Greens MP Andrea Dawkins said.

"We hope the government has been listening while finalising the legislation."

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