Growing legions of kiddies in public schools

johnboy 8 May 2013

Joy Burch has expressed her glee at growing enrolments in ACT Public Schools:

ACT Government schools have recorded a growth in enrolments for the fifth consecutive year, accounting for almost 60 per cent of all enrolments, Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch announced today.

The Government today released the results of the February 2013 Census of ACT Schools, which is an annual census of Government and non-government school enrolments conducted annually by the ACT Education and Training Directorate.

Ms Burch said the results of the latest census shows the community’s ongoing confidence of the government school system as a provider of quality education.

Joy’s fun with numbers includes these fun facts:

    — As at 20 February 2013 there were 68,825 students enrolled at all ACT Schools, an
    increase of 1,289 (1.9%) on 2012

    — Public schools now account for 59.4 per cent of all enrolments, with 40,879 students enrolled in ACT Public Schools

    — Non-government schools accounted for 27,946 enrolments, an increase of 484 enrolments (1.8%) since 2012

    — This represents an increase of 805 students (2%) from the 2012 census results, building on the consistent increases of the past four years.

    — Public primary school enrolments grew by 714 (3.0%), and public high school enrolments grew by 140 (1.5%) since 2012

    — Colleges were the only sector to record a contraction, with a decrease of 62 enrolments (1%) in public schools, and a decrease of one enrolment across public and non-government schools.

    — The number of enrolments of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in all schools increased by 100 (6.1%), made up of an increase of 42 in public schools (3.1%) and 58 in non-government schools (18.6%).

    — The number of enrolments of students with special education needs in public schools increased by 145 (7.7%). The public sector continued to have the highest proportion of students with special education needs with 75.7% of total enrolments of special education needs students.

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