Today’s release of student attainment data shows the Hodgman Liberal Government’s long term plan for education, to create a job-ready generation of young Tasmanians, is working.
In 2016, 3767 students achieved their Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) - 382 more students than the previous year. This means the achievement rate has risen to 56.4 per cent - a huge six percentage point increase on the previous year and 13 per cent higher than it was under Labor and the Greens in 2011.
It is clear that our Plan to extend high schools to year 12 is having a major impact.
Already there are 533 students who are choosing to study years 11 and 12 at their local high school, while college enrolments remain strong and retention is improving.
The teganna Collective is a fantastic example of school communities working together to deliver years 11 and 12. Bayview Secondary College, Clarence High School, Campania District High School, Rose Bay High School, Sorell School, Triabunna District High School and Rosny College are giving students the best opportunity to complete Year 12 and reach their educational goals by offering a mix of vocational and core academic courses.
Under the Tasmanian Government, supporting students to finish Year 12 with a meaningful qualification is a clear priority. I congratulate the teachers, principals, and support staff as part of the teganna Collective and across all extension schools and colleges, as well as the 3767 students who now have a TCE and their families who have contributed to this truly exceptional achievement.
In contrast Labor’s only plan for education is to wind back the extension of high schools which would be detrimental to these students and school communities, somehow expecting different results from reverting to doing the same thing.
They have no plan.
There is no better foundation to build Tasmania’s future than in education, which is why we will continue to implement our long term Plan for education to ensure every Tasmanian student can look forward to a brighter future.