[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.
- 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.