Australia’s education minister has said the country needs to focus on students who are struggling because the majority of them don’t have enough money to pay for their education.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the Government needed to invest in the next generation of students to ensure they would have the skills to fulfil the “new normal” of a world that has become wealthier and more technologically advanced.
“We’re all about the next billion Australians and the next million Australians, and they’re not going to have a decent chance if they don’t go into education,” he told the ABC’s 7.30 program.
“They’re not likely to be in that position.
And if we don’t invest in them, we’re going to see them in trouble.”
He said the problem was that young people were “not getting a decent education”.
“What we have to do is put those kids into classrooms, and if you don’t get that classroom, it’s not going into a better environment for them, it goes into a worse environment,” he said.
“That’s what we need to be thinking about.”‘
A big problem’Education Minister to discuss students’ plight in Sydney interviewThe Minister said the issue was not a new one.
In 2014, he told ABC radio the issue of students “getting a decent job” had become “a big problem” for Australians.
“I think a lot of Australians would say we need a good education to get a good job, we need education to be able to buy a house, we’ve got to have access to education, we have a lot more to be proud of,” he added.
“So what we have done is put more emphasis on the skills, and the qualifications and the knowledge that are needed to be successful in the workplace, and I think we’ve seen that work.”