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The Indigenous education action plan 2010-2014 is expected to be released in the next few months. The plan, aiming to halve the gap in the literacy and numeracy performance between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students by 2018, was developed in close consultation with education systems and prominent Indigenous educators. The plan seeks to improve Indigenous education outcomes by action in areas such as readiness for school, attendance, engagement and connections, quality teaching and workforce development.
Some Indigenous leaders, educators and consultation bodies have critcised the plan for not recognising the importance of cultural pride and cultural affirmation in improving the performance of Indigenous students.There is also concern the plan may encourage an 'assimilation' approach rather than acknowledging the value of the family/home as primary educators.
It is expected a formal announcement will be made on the plan at the Council for Australian Governments due to be scheduled in the next two months.