Year 11 and 12 en­rol­ments on the rise

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS: ACT/TAS - REUBEN ADAMS

THE Tas­ma­nian State Gov­ern­ment has reaf­firmed its long term plan for ed­u­ca­tion, which in­cludes ex­tend­ing high schools to years 11 and 12.

With the State bud­get “back on track”, Pre­mier Will Hodg­man said the Gov­ern­ment would con­tinue in­vest­ing in ed­u­ca­tion to break the cy­cle of dis­ad­van­tage and cre­ate a job ready gen­er­a­tion of young Tas­ma­ni­ans.

“We are send­ing a clear mes­sage to the Tas­ma­nian com­mu­nity that school doesn’t end in Year 10,” he said.

“From 2018, there will be a to­tal of

38 schools of­fer­ing Years 11 and 12, far ex­ceed­ing our com­mit­ment to ex­tend 21 schools to Year 12 by 2018.”

“With stu­dents re­ceiv­ing as much as two years less ed­u­ca­tion than their in­ter­state peers, we know we can no longer do the same thing and ex­pect a bet­ter re­sult.”

Tas­ma­nian min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Jeremy Rock­liff said the re­cently re­leased Re­port on Gov­ern­ment Ser­vices showed an in­crease in the Year 10-12 Gov­ern­ment Ap­par­ent Re­ten­tion Rate for

2015 of 73.8 per cent com­pared with 70.1 per cent in 2014.

Fed­eral min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Si­mon Birm­ing­ham said the State Gov­ern­ment’s agenda for Tas­ma­nia’s school sys­tem was built on ev­i­dence of what was work­ing for schools in other States, and that it was al­ready open­ing doors of op­por­tu­nity for Tas­ma­nia’s stu­dents.

“It’s clear the ex­ten­sion of high schools to

“FROM 2018, THERE WILL BE A TO­TAL OF 38 SCHOOLS OF­FER­ING YEARS 11 AND 12, FAR EX­CEED­ING OUR COM­MIT­MENT TO EX­TEND 21 SCHOOLS TO YEAR 12 BY 2018.”

Year 12 shows Tas­ma­nia is work­ing hard to en­sure the state is driv­ing ev­i­dence-based re­forms, and the stu­dents I’ve met [to­day] are ex­cited about the op­por­tu­ni­ties those changes of­fer,” Mr Birm­ing­ham said.

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