Deja vu … Adrian Piccoli. Similarities … the press release from January 2012, left, and the one from January of this year.
“Copycats beware,” warns the NSW Department of Education’s new back-to-school website.
”When kids copy, or plagiarise, someone else’s original work and pass it off as their own, they’re being dishonest, unethical and, in fact, they’re cheating.”
It’s a valuable lesson and one you might expect the NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, to know well. But we couldn’t help feeling deja vu when reading his recent pronouncements about the back-to-school site, which he reckoned ”will offer information about how families can best prepare for the new school year”.
Curiously, the deputy director-general of schools, Greg Prior, said exactly the same thing a year earlier about the launch of the department’s back-to-school phone helpline, which also offered ”information about how families can best prepare for the new school year”.
In a media release on January 27, 2012, Mr Prior said: ‘This can be an anxious time, particularly for parents sending their children to school for the first time, or who have children starting high school.”
In a January 21, 2013, media release, Mr Piccoli echoed his thoughts: ”This can be an anxious time, particularly for parents sending their children to school for the first time, or who have children starting high school.”
Roughly two-thirds of last week’s media release bears striking similarities to the 2012 release, including a reference to ”dedicated staff” who are on hand to assist parents.
The department’s new website warns copycats can face penalties. But the minister’s spokesman was keen for his boss to avoid detention.
”The lines about what information was available from the advice line and the website are factual, so it is not surprising they remain the same,” he said.
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The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.