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NEWS IN BRIEF
Federal Labor has announced an alternative tertiary policy to the federal government’s tertiary deregulation plan. Labor’s higher education spokesman Kim Carr said they would reintroduce contract agreements with individual universities to improve the quality of tertiary provision. Senator Carr flagged Labor’s concern with high drop out rates for low ATAR students and the oversupply of graduates for particular sectors.
The federal government has announced a policy to ban free computers or cash incentives for students signing up to vocational education and training providers. Short courses that don’t meet minimum study unit requirements will also be banned.
The CNPE Team
Labor pledges to tackle uni dropout rate if elected
Sydney Morning Herald
Labor will focus on addressing the growing number of university students enrolled with low tertiary entrance scores and the oversupply of graduates in fields such as law if it wins the next federal election.
- Labor would reinstate uni funding compacts (The Australian)
- Fee deregulation better than ‘erratic policy’, Belinda Robinson says (Australian Financial Review)
- Christopher Pyne blames Labor for education reforms surprise (The Guardian)
- Unis still need to cost govt less: Pyne (The Australian)
Audits, fines for dodgy colleges offering free laptops
A federal government crackdown, to be announced today, will ban training providers from offering “free” computers or cash to students who sign up for courses.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
Youth unemployment in Victoria reaches highest rates since the ’90s
The Age • Youth unemployment is growing in Victoria, according to new census figures crunched by the Victorian Council of Social Service.
Report predicts higher primary school enrolments than the WA Government is planning for
ABC News • A national report suggests the Western Australian Government has underestimated the number of primary school students in the state by 2020 by 20 per cent.
Abbott points to Canadian model of early learning but doesn’t see the whole picture
The Conversation – Op-Ed • As a Canadian researcher, it was good to read Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s recent reference to my country as justification for investing more in childcare.
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