Noel Pearson on his school initiative in Aurukun
The future of Noel Pearson’s controversial school initiative in the troubled community of Aurukun on Cape York hangs in the balance.
The school’s been closed for the rest of the term, after local teenagers twice tried to hijack the principal’s car and terrorise several female teachers.
The Queensland Government is reviewing the controversial education program, run by the Cape York Aboriginal Australian academy.
Since 2010, the State Government has spent millions on the Cape York Academy to deliver a US-based Direct Instruction curriculum at Aurukun.
It’s an extension of Noel Pearson’s Cape York Welfare Reform program, which has attracted $260 million dollars in federal and state government funding.
This latest trouble in Aurukun has prompted questions about what’s been achieved with all this money.