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New education policy? – actually just consultation on school leaving ages

By johnboy 18 August 2008 24

[First filed: August 18, 2008 @ 09:59]

Apparently we’re getting a new education system today when the relevant powers bestir themselves to release it.

Early TV reports suggest the school leaving age will be raised to 17, but more vocational/trades education will be made available.

That will mean a lot more kids in school who really don’t want to be there. We’ll have to see if adequate funding to cope will also arrive.

UPDATED: Minister for Education and Training Andrew Barr has announced a new consultation paper:

    Pathways to the future – a consultation paper on increasing young people’s engagement in education, training and work asks young people, their parents, carers, teachers and the wider ACT community about raising the school leaving age above 15 years and how this may be best done.
    “The school leaving age was last raised in 1943 when ACT schools were part of the NSW system. Our society, economy and schools have changed dramatically since then,” Mr Barr said.

    “Some research suggests that early school leavers are more likely to become long-term unemployed adults and to earn less when they are employed. Other research finds that productivity growth will be significantly raised by investments in school retention. So it’s important we ensure students are better prepared for an economy that requires higher skill levels than in the past and research suggests raising the school leaving age could be an important part of this.

Not entirely sure they aren’t confusing correlation with causation there.

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jakez 11:30 am 19 Aug 08

Thumper said :

I still say put them in the mines and factories.

Toughens them up for later life.

You know it makes sense.

Think of all the extra work experience they would have by the time they are 18. They’ll be miles ahead.

Deadmandrinking 11:10 am 19 Aug 08

Thumper said :

I still say put them in the mines and factories.

Toughens them up for later life.

You know it makes sense.

You know, a booming cheap clothing industry would be a boon for this country…

Anyways, I don’t know if you should raise the leaving age to 17…why not 16? Make them stay for their year 10 at least. I completely agree with more vocation/trades education, these are skilled areas crying out for more people.

Thumper 8:05 am 19 Aug 08

I still say put them in the mines and factories.

Toughens them up for later life.

You know it makes sense.

RuffnReady 12:59 am 19 Aug 08

Education is the cornerstone of a successful, harmonious society – keep them in school longer, but offer more options for those not academically-inclined. Partnering up year 11/12 with apprenticeships makes perfect sense.

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