Archived News for Education Sector Professionals - March, 2012
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has warned that overskilling is continuing to persist in the education sector
The centre released The Persistence of overskilling and its effects on wages, examining the effects of overskilling on school, vocational education and training and university graduates over several years and its impact on their wages.
The report found that overskilling is persistent, and individuals who have been overskilled in the past three years are significantly more likely to hold a job where they are overskilled than their peers who are in positions where they making full use of their skill set.
The New South Wales Government has announced it will fund the employment of an additional 200 full-time teachers to target underperformance in literacy and numeracy across government and non-government schools.
The Federal Government has opened the detailed modeling tool used by the Gonski Review of School Funding to state and territory governments, non-government schools and school education unions.
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is partnering with St James Ethics Centre to bring the popular live debate Intelligence Squared Australia (IQ2) to Adelaide for the first time on Wednesday, 11 July 2012.
The Australian National University (ANU) has published a longitudinal study of teacher stress and wellbeing, involving 679 high school teachers from across Australia, Norway and international schools worldwide.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released a report that shows that the number of students in the independent schools sector has increased by 35% since 2001, compared with 12% growth in the catholic schools sector over the same time.
The stronger growth rate of student numbers in the independent sector is one of a number of differences between the two sectors, such as:
The Federal Government has launched the Sir Zelman Cowen scholarship, which will give the opportunity for two Australians to study at one of the top universities in the world each year.
The Acting Commonwealth Ombudsman Alison Larkins has confirmed her office is satisfied that the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has confirmed with recommendations relating to the school chaplaincy program.
Professor Glyn Davis, Chair of Universities Australia and Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne, has announced that Universities Australia will develop a comprehensive statement for Australian higher education policy.
The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has announced a funding offer of $1.75 billion to the states and territories for a program to reform the VET system over the next 5 years. The offer, outlined in a document called Skills for All Australians will be considered at next month’s COAG meeting.
The Federal Government is planning a new My Skills website that will offer information about courses, fees, providers and the quality of training on offer.
The Federal Government has announced it will allow schools in the ACT greater control over managing budgets and the recruitment of teachers under a joint initiative between the Federal and Territory governments.
The Victorian Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall has denied claims by the Australian Education Union that 300 TAFE jobs had been lost as a result of changes recommended by the Essential Services Commission.
"The Australian Education Union's claims are completely false and have the potential to do enormous harm to the reputation of Victoria's outstanding vocational education and training system," Mr Hall said.
According to the AEU, 300 teaching jobs have already been lost due to budget cuts last year and a further $230 million could be lost over the next three years if the Government accepts a recommendation by the Essential Services Commission (ESC).
Mr Hall said that it was untrue that 300 jobs have been lost as a result of the government's changes.
"Victorian Government funding in the training sector has increased from $800 million in 2008 to $1.2 billion in the 2011 and we expect this to increase to $1.3 billion this year."
He said that training participation and provision in Victoria had increased significantly in the past four years as a result of the move to a demand-driven system where students and industry are able to access the training they need supported by state government funding.
Mr Hall said Victoria has a large number of community, not-for-profit and private training providers delivering training across a range of skills areas.
"While TAFEs still receive the bulk of funding, there are now about 500 registered training providers offering government funded training throughout the state. This expansion has led to a 44 per cent increase in enrolments, which is a good thing for all Victorians," Mr Hall said.
Mr Hall said TAFEs had been affected by several external factors, including declining international student numbers due to the high Australian dollar and the Commonwealth Government's tightening of visa arrangements for students wishing to study at TAFE.
"The introduction of skills reform in 2009 by the previous Labor Government has also meant TAFEs are now operating in a competitive, demand driven environment where they are often competing against community and other registered training providers," Mr Hall said.
The Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator Chris Evans, has announced a new $18 million Australian Apprenticeship Mentoring Package under which industry will work directly with students, parents, job-seekers and schools to provide tailored advice on training choices and give one-on-one support to apprentices.