Annual Report 1991 Department of Education
Tabled Paper 1288
Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
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EDUCATION POST-COMPULSORY SECONDARY EDUCATION Student retention rates increased sharply in 1991. The overall retention rate from the first to the last year of secondary education (Year 8 to Year 12) was 57 per cent, compared with 48 per cent in 1990. The apparent retention rate from Year 10 to Year 11 increased to 82 per cent from 77 per cent in 1990 and the rate from Year 11 to Year 12 increased to 94 per cent from 72 per cent. The number of students enrolled in part-time senior secondary studies through evening and correspondence courses (840) fell slightly from 874 in 1990. At the Year 12 level, most students undertake coursesgrouped into Publicly Examined, School Assessed and Registered Subjectsoffered by the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia (SSABSA). Publicly Examined Subjects, which have a fifty per cent school assessed component and a fifty per cent publicly examined component, are designed mainly to cater for students who wish to proceed to university or other advanced education programs and allow certification of achievement according to nationally accepted standards for entry into tertiary studies. A comprehensive range of Publicly Examined Subjects is available to Northern Territory studentsincluding those who live in remote areas, or attend smaller schools which are not able to offer some less popular subjects through the services of the NT Secondary Correspondence School. School Assessed Subjects cater primarily for Year 12 students who are not seeking university entrance but who wish to study subjects which they find interesting, have community recognition for employment purposes, and are accepted by advanced education and technical and further education institutions. The Northern Territory University and some interstate institutions recognise selected School Assessed Subjects for entry purposes. School Assessed Subjects are assessed at the school level using a range of cumulative assessment procedures. The courses and students' results are moderated across schools in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Since their introduction to the Northern Territory in 1984, School Assessed Subjects have gained widespread acceptance among students, parents and employers and the number of students electing to undertake School Assessed Subjects in preference to, or together with, Publicly Examined Subjects has continued to increase. In 1991,1295Y ear 12 students received SSABSA Certificates of Achievement, 6
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