The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: I have a further supplementary question. Can the minister also give a commitment to come back to this place with a response as to why some student teachers were given two days’ notice of requirement of clearance and investigate whether students were, in fact, given an adequate amount of time before they commenced some of their practicums?
The Hon. CARMEL ZOLLO: Again, I will refer the honourable member’s question to the minister in the other place and bring back a reply. From personal experience, it was certainly not the case in my family; very adequate time was given.
Monday 27 June 2005
In reply to supplementary question asked by Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK.
The Minister for Education and Children's Services has provided the following information:
The Chief Executive of the Department of Education and Children's Services (DECS) wrote to the three South Australian universities and Tabor Adelaide advising them of requirements for criminal history checks for student teachers and other university personnel on 28 July 2004. The Chief Executives of the Association of Independent Schools SA and Catholic Education South Australia sent similar advice to the tertiary providers at this time. The tertiary institutions began advising their students of the requirement for criminal history checks in early November 2004 and issued successive reminders to their students from mid January 2005.