A NEW national curriculum will focus on increasing the role of Western influences in Australia's history, after the Education Council backed proposed changes.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne said the changes also would "resolve the overcrowding in the primary curriculum".
"I want our students to get the best education and am pleased the Education Council has united to focus on achieving the best outcomes for all Australian students," Mr Pyne said.
He said the new curriculum also would "strengthen references to Western influences in Australia's history", despite concerns it would minimise coverage of Australia's indigenous history.
Teachers will be forced to teach phonics-based reading under the changes to take effect from January next year.
History, geography, civics, economics and business classes were expected to be merged into one humanities class in primary schools. The changes follow a curriculum review last year.
- APN NEWSDESK
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