Break­ing ed­u­ca­tional bar­ri­ers

The Observer - - NEWS -

DATA re­leased by the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has shown a large num­ber of Glad­stone high school leavers from dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds are go­ing to univer­sity.

The De­part­ment splits so­cio-eco­nomic sta­tus into five brack­ets, with Quin­tile 1 be­ing the most dis­ad­van­taged to Quin­tile 5 be­ing the least.

56 school leavers from Quin­tile 2 and 52 from Quin­tile 3 de­cided to study a bach­e­lor’s de­gree, which is higher than the num­ber of stu­dents from Quin­tiles 4 and 5.

Eleven stu­dents from Quin­tile 1 elected to go to univer­sity.

CQUniver­sity pro-vicechan­cel­lor Peter Helibuth said data at the univer­sity showed a sim­i­lar trend.

“We are proud to have a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age of ‘firstin-fam­ily’ stu­dents, who are the first in their fam­ily to at­tend a univer­sity,” Mr Helibuth said.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, gov­ern­ment pol­icy over the past 10 years has ac­tively en­cour­aged and sup­ported univer­sity par­tic­i­pa­tion.”

Part-time work is the sec­ond most pop­u­lar choice for stu­dents from Quin­tiles 2-5, and the most pop­u­lar choice for Quin­tile 1 with 24 stu­dents.

Across the state, there has been a sim­i­lar trend with 6353 stu­dents from Quin­tiles 1-3 de­cid­ing to at­tend univer­sity.

In com­par­i­son, 4577 stu­dents from the same quin­tiles de­cided to go in to part-time work.

The third most pop­u­lar choice amongst stu­dents across all so­cio-eco­nomic brack­ets is ap­pren­tice­ships and trainee­ships.

81 stu­dents from Quin­tiles 2-4 elected to en­ter the field after high school.

Vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion is the least pop­u­lar choice for Glad­stone high school leavers, with only 41 stu­dents from Quin­tiles 1-3 de­cid­ing to com­plete a cer­tifi­cate.

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