Following on from a pre-election promise the Federal Government has announced its review of regional education.
Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader, Barnaby Joyce says he is extremely pleased to announce the review, which he says will be critical in addressing the key barriers and challenges that impact on the educational outcomes of regional, rural and remote students.
“The aim is get more regional, rural and remote students to not just be successful at school but to go on to further study, training and employment.”
“There’s a clear disparity between education in the bush and the city – this seeks to address the gap of achievement, aspiration and access to higher education faced by regional students.”
“That’s why we are going out to the edges, to hear from our regional communities in order to find solutions to build the skills of regional Australians to allow our youth better jobs and better opportunities no matter where they live.”
Approximately one third of regional and remote students do not complete Year 12 or an equivalent unit of study and that number rises to almost two thirds of very remote students.
The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association has welcomed the move with affordability and accessibility will be the main issues for ICPA.
“We are looking forward to working with the government as a stakeholder.”
The government is calling on interested parties, including representatives from the education community, families, employer groups and the philanthropic sector to make a submission or take part in the face-to-face consultations.
A discussion paper and online platform for public submissions will be available from April 2017.
Professor Halsey will present his final report and recommendations to the Government by the end of 2017.
For more information on how to be involved visit: https://www.education.gov.au/independent-review-regional-rural-and-remote-education