Stu­dents fall be­hind, new study re­veals

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Education - Bethany Hi­att

■ Nearly 30 per cent of WA stu­dents are fail­ing to fin­ish Year 12 or a vocational equiv­a­lent by the time they are 19, with chil­dren from dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds more likely to fall be­hind.

A re­port re­leased last week by the Mitchell In­sti­tute at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity in Mel­bourne ex­am­ined na­tional data on Aus­tralian chil­dren’s progress on four key ed­u­ca­tional mile­stones: at school en­try, Year 7, Year 12 and the per­cent­age in work, study or train­ing by the time they were 24.

In WA, 23 per cent of chil­dren were not de­vel­op­men­tally ready to start school, 29.4 per cent had fallen be­hind at the Year 7 mark, 29 per cent had not com­pleted a Year 12 qual­i­fi­ca­tion and 25 per cent were not work­ing or study­ing at age 24.

WA fig­ures were sim­i­lar to av­er­age per­cent­ages for all States.

Mitchell In­sti­tute di­rec­tor Sara Glover said the find­ings con­fir med that while Aus­tralia’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem worked well for around three-quar­ters of stu­dents, it was not help­ing some who were most in need.

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