Article March 11, 2015

EduNews March 11

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A report released by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) shows that an additional 400,000 students will enter classrooms in the next 10 years. ACER estimates that 1,759 new classrooms will need to created every year and warns that there will be shortages in specialist teachers despite a current oversupply of generalist primary teachers.

Vice-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University Greg Craven has indicated that his university would not raise fees if the federal government decided to implement a compromise policy advocated by Professor Bruce Chapman. The federal government is currently considering Chapman’s plan to tax universities that charged higher fees in a proposed deregulated fee system.

The CNPE Team


Baby boom to stretch Australian schools

The Australian

Schools will need to cater for 1759 more classrooms every year to accommodate 400,000 extra “baby boom” students over the next decade.

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Greg Craven undermines Labor attack on university fees

The Australian

One of the most vocal supporters of the federal government’s ­university reform agenda hasvowed not to increase fees if the government adopts a progressive tax on higher prices.

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Mike Baird unveils $224m school jumpshot to lift standards

The Australian

Teachers will be expected to use internationally recognised evidence-based methods of learning under a $224 million ment­oring election promise.

Low-skilled teachers ‘a crime’, says Christopher Pyne

The Australian

Education Minister Christopher Pyne has declared it “a crime” that some young teachers have poor literacy and numeracy skills.


Neediest students denied funding amid education fraud allegations

The Age • Victoria’s neediest students are being denied proper education due to the “gross underfunding” of the juvenile justice teaching program.

TAFE accused of marking up foreign students

The Age • A Victorian TAFE has been rocked by allegations of a marking scandal, with former teachers and students accusing the institution of altering international students’ exams to ensure they pass.

What is the key to improving literacy levels – the right teacher or the right program?

The Conversation – Op-Ed • It is curious that teachers’ voices are so often absent from the debates about what works best for our students.

Students who don’t ‘fit in’ don’t need to be ‘fixed’

The Conversation – Op-Ed • Parents who have several children know only too well that each one is different. Now apply that to the classroom.

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