Task­force im­per­a­tive for ru­ral stu­dents

Alpine Observer - - News -

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment must take im­me­di­ate action to es­tab­lish a task­force to de­velop a na­tional regional education strat­egy to im­prove the education out­comes of regional Aus­tralians.

I asked Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull in Ques­tion Time last week if he would com­mit to the es­tab­lish­ment of the task­force and strat­egy.

In Indi, 6.2 per cent of res­i­dents have ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tions, com­pared with a state av­er­age of 17.8 per cent.

The Gov­ern­ment last week an­nounced it would ac­cept all 11 rec­om­men­da­tions of the In­de­pen­dent Re­view into Regional, Ru­ral and Re­mote Education, led by Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor John Halsey.

In its re­sponse to the re­port, the gov­ern­ment said Prof Halsey has in­cluded 53 sug­gested ac­tions that would as­sist im­ple­men­ta­tion of these rec­om­men­da­tions.

These ac­tions must be pro­gressed, start­ing with Prof Halsey’s pro­posal to ‘es­tab­lish a na­tional regional, ru­ral and re­mote education strat­egy and as­so­ci­ated task­force to drive greater co­her­ence, co­or­di­na­tion and ac­cess to high qual­ity education and train­ing in regional, ru­ral and re­mote Aus­tralia’.

The gov­ern­ment has ac­knowl­edged the im­por­tance of the Halsey re­view in driv­ing change that will close the gap be­tween the city and regional Aus­tralia in the level of study or qual­i­fi­ca­tions achieved by stu­dents.

The strat­egy and task­force are im­per­a­tive to im­prov­ing out­comes for regional, ru­ral and re­mote stu­dents.

An an­nual state­ment as part of the bud­get ad­dress­ing progress in ed­u­ca­tional out­comes in regional Aus­tralia is in­suf­fi­cient.

I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing my dis­cus­sions with the gov­ern­ment as it im­ple­ments the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Halsey re­port, and con­firm­ing the im­por­tance of Prof Halsey’s find­ings. Cathy McGowan

(MHR, Indi)

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