Article March 12, 2015

EduNews March 12

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Director – Centre for New Public Education

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

TOP STORIES

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.

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Audits, fines for dodgy colleges offering free laptops

The Australian

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.

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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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