Students will again be taught English grammar under the draft national curriculum due to be released on Friday.

draft, to be released by the National Curriculum Board, also
stipulates that punctuation, spelling, pronunciation and phonics should
be taught to students from the first years of school.

The push
for students to learn the basics is part of the federal government’s
plan for a new national curriculum in English, maths, science and

Board chairman Barry McGaw said the move would help raise literacy standards for all students, Fairfax reports today.

“We have to do better,” Fairfax quoted Professor McGaw as saying.

a national English curriculum is an opportunity to raise standards for
all young people and ensure no one slips through the cracks.”