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Christopher Pyne’s education gaffe draws fire from Opposition, Greens
The Federal Opposition and Greens have leapt on a mistake by the Education Minister as proof the Government does not understand its own budget and it does not deserve support.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne gets in a muddle over student loans
Education Minister Christopher Pyne has confused the debate about proposed increases to university fees by appearing to contradict the government’s own website over who will be affected by the budget changes.
Competition to force down uni fees: Christopher Pyne (pay pass article attached)
EDUCATION Minister Christopher Pyne has rejected claims the government’s proposed deregulation of university funding will drive up course costs for students.
Christopher Pyne’s pledge sparks fears public schools will be ignored
Schools in Sydney’s west and regional NSW lose the most from the decision not to fund the last two years of the Gonski agreement.
First iPads, next Google Glass for schools
Since the Apple iPad was released in 2010, the ACT Education and Training Directorate has spent $2.5 million on the tablet computers.
Higher education changes: another hit for Australian women?
In a recent radio interview, federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne refused to contemplate a hypothetical situation that involved young women doing all the heavy lifting under his government’s plans to transform higher education in Australia into a demand-driven market.
A strong case for more direct instruction in class (pay pass article attached)
AS well as being an effective Aboriginal leader, Noel Pearson has a strong academic record, with degrees in law and history (honours) from Sydney University.
Coalition Government and headspace launch SAFEMinds in schools
Victorian school students will receive more mental health support thanks to SAFEMinds, a $750,000 program launched today by Minister for Education Martin Dixon in partnership with headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation.
Rise in home schooling spurs parliamentary inquiry
Up to three times as many children are home schooled in NSW than the state government knows about, prompting the state’s first parliamentary inquiry into why parents abandon the education system.
Growth in home schooling must be fairly accommodated
New figures from the NSW Board of Studies show a 40 per cent increase in home schooling in the past four years. In 2012-13, 3194 students were home schooled. And this number may be conservative. The Home Education Association estimates as many as 6000 more students are home schooled but not registered with the board.
Stay Smart Online
Internet bullying and online security will be in the spotlight at Territory schools during Stay Smart Online Week.
Literacy, numeracy and the big transition
The Productivity Commission’s working paper on literacy and numeracy is another reminder of the risks inherent in the Abbott government’s plans to outsource part of its fiscal consolidation to the states.