Dummies getting into uni
ASPIRING teachers in Victoria are being accepted into university teaching courses despite shocking academic results of their own.
One student with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of just 17.9 out of a possible 99.95 secured a place in an initial teaching course.
The rank is almost 50 points below a minimum benchmark the state government set to raise teaching standards.
The worrying data, obtained has prompted Victorian Education Minister James Merlino to order an immediate investigation.
“I will not stand for universities who are attempting to undercut or bypass our reforms and minimum ATAR standards,” he said.
He warned universities that didn’t comply could lose accreditation to teach future educators.
Federal Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham has written to Mr Merlino, calling on him to explain why Victoria is the worst-performing state.
Figures released through Senate Estimates reveal Victoria University admitted students with the lowest scores in Australia to an Initial Teaching Education course, with ATARs of only 17.9, 19.8 and 21.3. PRACTICE made perfect for a host of Tasmanian music’s rising stars yesterday as they joined forces with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
The annual TSO Big Rehearsal enables talented young musicians from the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra to team up with a TSO player for a full day of rehearsal.
It was held at the Friends’ School yesterday.
TSO trombonist David Robins said the orchestras spent the day working through a number of pieces.
“It’s a day where the TSO and the TYO come together and they get to experience basically a working day for the orchestra,” Mr Robins said. “At the end of the afternoon, there’s a performance for the parents of the members of the TYO.”
Mr Robins said the Big Rehearsal went “fantastically well”.
“There was a great audience and great support from family and friends for TYO members and they loved the experience, it’s a great opportunity for them to see what we do,” he said.
“To come in and sit with us and work through repertoire like that I think is extraordinarily valuable for them.”
TYO trombonist Toby Sward, 16, was participating in the Big Rehearsal for the second time.
“It’s a really good opportunity to play with professional players,” Toby said.
“We get to sit next to them and learn from them, listen to them, take feedback from them … we can hear them play and we can adapt to the way they play.”