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NEWS IN BRIEF
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
Schools will need to cater for 1759 more classrooms every year to accommodate 400,000 extra “baby boom” students over the next decade.
- NSW needs 385 new classrooms every year for a decade (Sydney Morning Herald)
- Victoria will need an extra 448 primary school classes every year (The Age)
Greg Craven undermines Labor attack on university fees
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.
- Flexibility key to fee tax, says HECS creator Bruce Chapman (The Australian)
- Vice-chancellors blast ‘dumb’ decision to axe research funding if uni fee laws don’t pass (The Age)
- It’s time for Christopher Pyne to admit the sums don’t work on student fees bill (The Guardian – Op-Ed)
- Business and universities back plan for students to get more work experience (Australian Financial Review)
Mike Baird unveils $224m school jumpshot to lift standards
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
Education Minister Christopher Pyne has declared it “a crime” that some young teachers have poor literacy and numeracy skills.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
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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