Government dips toe in swimming lessons

 

CHANGES to improve school swimming programs will not be made until at least August, when a final report is handed to the State Government.

Education Minister Grace Grace chaired a roundtable meeting with water safety experts today, but said the Government would not act until it had held further roundtables and received a final report into what could be done to improve the situation.

"This was the start. There was great discussion around the table. Everybody had their say," she said.

"Different organisations will be putting forward some evidence based solutions on how they believe we can further improve the school swimming program.

Education Minister Grace Grace leads discussions with stakeholders at today’s roundtable. Picture: Ric Frearson/AAP
Education Minister Grace Grace leads discussions with stakeholders at today’s roundtable. Picture: Ric Frearson/AAP

"I don't think there is any easy solution. We want the best solution."

Ms Grace said an audit of the programs currently being run in schools would be undertaken to ensure they were delivering the necessary skills.

"We clearly want to have a look at exactly what is being delivered," she said.

"Everything is on the table."

But Ms Grace said parents should also ensure their children were taught how to swim at the earliest opportunity.

It comes after the latest YouGov Galaxy poll found 80 per cent of Queensland voters support the push highlighted by News Corp Australia's Save Our Schoolkids (SOS) campaign.



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