Australia will soon become the first of the world’s developed countries to require that all primary and secondary school students must complete a tertiary qualification.
The government’s move to make tertiary degrees compulsory for students is set to go into effect by the end of 2021.
This follows a similar move in South Africa in 2018 and a similar proposal in India in 2019.
The announcement by the government comes after the Commonwealth’s chief science adviser, Dr Andrew Bolt, warned that the rise of online learning could be having a negative impact on education and training.
“We have seen the growth of internet learning and the fact that it’s been happening so much more quickly than our primary and primary school systems has had an impact on the quality of our education, and the ability of students to do their best in life,” Dr Bolt said in the same report.
“This is a major concern for our country.
It has had a significant impact on our ability to deliver on our national educational goals.”
Australia’s primary and secondaries are expected to have a “significant impact” on the country’s economy and the quality and quantity of jobs, Dr Bolt’s report said.
While the government’s announcement will help improve student retention, Dr Mark Worsley, a professor of education policy at Curtin University, told the ABC it would not be enough to prevent students leaving school with a low level of qualifications.
“It’s not just that there is an increasing demand for higher education in Australia, it’s that we’re now having to recruit students from the broader population to take up tertiary degree programs,” he said.
“So, if you look at the number of people in tertiary study, the number that want to take a tertial degree, that’s still a lot lower than the number who are in tertiaries already, so it’s not going to solve the problem.”
Mr Worsly said there was a need to “start addressing the issue of low qualifications” and “support and develop a broader range of tertiary programs”.
“We’re just going to have to look at a whole range of other avenues and strategies to do that, but we certainly need to start addressing this issue now,” he added.
Topics:education,health,health-policy,education-facilities,education,jobs,government-and-politics,education–united-statesFirst posted September 21, 2019 07:56:16Contact Christopher DurneyMore stories from New South Wales