Posted September 09, 2019 15:29:49 A report out this week says Australia’s overall high school attendance rate has reached its lowest level in a decade.
Key points:High school attendance has fallen for the third consecutive year in the past decadeThe report, released on Wednesday, says there is a significant number of students unable to get into high school because of costThe report also found a growing number of low-income families are not getting into high schoolsSource: ABC News | Duration: 01:31:20Key points :Almost 40 per cent of students attending high school in Australia’s biggest city do not complete their course.
There are more than 10,000 fewer high school graduates in the country than there were two years agoThis is the second report in two months that finds there is more than a growing lack of enrolment in Australia.
The report by the National Higher Education Policy Foundation (NHEF) says the rate of high-school completion is at its lowest in 20 years.
“In the last three years, the number of high schools with graduation rates above 70 per cent has fallen by around half to 47 per cent, down from a peak of 60 per cent in 2013,” the report says.
“It is the largest decline in graduation rates since 2000.”
The report says this is the third year in two years that there is less than a doubling of high enrolment, and the number is now only slightly above 30,000.
“This is particularly striking given that the graduation rate in 2016 was 74 per cent and in 2020 it was 75 per cent,” the NHEF says.
The national high school enrolment rate in Melbourne fell from 61.5 per cent to 58.5 in the last year.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) says it is “very worried” about the situation, as it is difficult for young people to complete their courses.
“We’ve had a large drop in the number that are actually graduating high school, we’ve had about 40 per 100 students, which is the lowest in a number of years,” NASSP principal David Young said.
“The NASSP has been looking at the situation for quite some time, and we’ve been working with our school to ensure that we have a good pathway for young children to get on and be successful in school.”
When we get to the age where they are going to be working at the school, then we’ll see a higher likelihood of them completing their course.”NASSP’s Mr Young says there has been a “substantial reduction” in the demand for the school’s curriculum in recent years.
“[We] have a lot of students who are going into higher education now, and that’s why we’re very worried.””
There are still a number more opportunities for young Australians to go to university than there ever were before, and there are also a number that remain out there who may not be eligible,” he said.
“[We] have a lot of students who are going into higher education now, and that’s why we’re very worried.”
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