DISADVANTAGED SCHOOL LEAVERS ON TRACK FOR UNI DEGREE

Posted on 07. Jun, 2010 in Victoria

Almost half of the Government high school graduates studying at university this year are from disadvantaged backgrounds, according to the Brumby Labor Government’s annual student destination survey – On Track.

Releasing the survey today, Education Minister Bronwyn Pike said On Track showed record numbers of school leavers from low socio-economic backgrounds were attending university.

Ms Pike said 42.5 per cent of Government school students at university this year came from the two lowest socio-economic groups, compared to 32 per cent last year and 27 per cent in 2008.

“The On Track data is proof that the Brumby Labor Government is taking action to improve education by giving Victorian students the best opportunities to excel and succeed,” she said.

“Students at disadvantaged schools aspire to study at university and the Brumby Labor Government is providing literacy and numeracy programs and accelerated learning courses so students can achieve their goals.”

Ms Pike said the On Track survey, which provides a snapshot of 2009 graduates from Government and non-Government schools, revealed more students than ever before were finishing school and continuing study at university and TAFE.

“The number of school graduates taking up further education or training increased to 75.3 per cent this year, up from 71.7 per cent in 2009,” Ms Pike said.

“The overall number of Government school graduates attending university increased to 41.2 per cent from 37.3 per cent last year.

“The On Track data confirms that education is the Brumby Labor Government’s top priority – and shows that Victorian students continue to shine and grow at Government schools.”

The 2010 On Track survey showed:

  • The number of all school leavers studying at university has increased from 45.4 per cent last year to 48.8 per cent;
  • The number of students who have deferred a tertiary place dropped to 9.8 per cent from 12.2 per cent last year;
  • The number of students who entered TAFE remained steady at 18 per cent;
  • 86 per cent of students who deferred a tertiary place are now in jobs;
  • The number of students who started an apprenticeship or traineeship has increased from 8 per cent to 8.5 per cent this year; and
  • 4.4 per cent of students are employed full time, compared to 4.7 per cent last year.

More than 36,000 school-leavers took part in the survey, which was compiled by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

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