Civics in schools to boost election turn-out?

25/07/2013

The government has responded to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee’s report on the 2011 election.

One recommendation, is to ask the Electoral Commission to liaise with the Ministry of Education on the feasibility of ongoing comprehensive civics education in schools.

While I’m loathe to add anything to an already very full curriculum, and whether or not it boosts voter turn out, I think this is a good idea.

We all ought to understand the process and institutions of government and our rights and duties as citizens.

Greater knowledge could lead to greater interest which could increase voter turn out and participation in other areas such as submissions to select committees.

 


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