Four Term School Year Update Mon 7 May 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Education and Skills The Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, today said he hoped certainty over school term dates for 2013 would soon be provided for the Tasmanian community. Mr McKim said he awaited the Tasmanian Industrial Commission's decision on the Department of Education's application regarding annual leave arrangements for teachers, after final submissions were presented today. "The implementation of the four term school year has always been about what is in the best interests of Tasmanian students," Mr McKim said. "Research shows that shorter, more concentrated spans of learning time facilitates more effective student learning outcomes. "I understand that the Tourism Council is concerned about the impact the proposed four term model will have on tourism in Tasmania. "However, I believe that the educational benefits for our young people, and in turn the economic impact a highly educated and skilled workforce will have on Tasmania, outweighs this concern. "I look forward to hearing the Commissioner's decision on the Department's application, and I am hopeful that we will be able to resolve this issue soon in order to provide certainty around the term dates for next year."