The Future Provision of Years 11 and 12 Education in Regional Tasmania
The Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, has released a discussion paper canvassing ways to improve the future provision of Years 11 and 12 education in regional Tasmania.
Mr McKim said that as part of the aim of increasing educational levels in Tasmania, the paper also looks at the issue of extending the school leaving age to 18.
"Tasmania has the most regional and dispersed population of any State in Australia, with 60 per cent of people living outside the capital city," Mr McKim said.
"While we have seen some recent improvements, we have lower overall retention rates than other States, and Year 12 completion is even lower in some regional areas of Tasmania.
"Only 62 per cent of Tasmanians aged 15-64 have completed Year 12 or have attained a formal qualification at Certificate 11 or above."
Mr McKim said that raising the level of educational attainment and participation in Tasmania is vitally important.
"Understanding the many issues that impact and result from our State's education levels and capacity, and working through them together, is an important step forward.
" I want to give all members of the Tasmanian community the opportunity to read the paper, discuss the possibilities and issues and give me feedback on what they think works well in their local community.
"I expect the responses to the Discussion Paper will help in the preparation of a report into the future provision of Years 11 and 12 education in rural Tasmania by March 2013."
Submissions close on Monday 24 December 2012.
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