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Annual Report 1991 Department of Education



Annual Report 1991 Department of Education

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1991 compared with 1 119inl990. Of these, 892 were assessed in five subjects, with 49 per cent taking the higher education entry course of five Publicly Examined Subjects, thirty per cent taking five School Assessed Subjects, and 21 per cent taking a combination of Publicly Examined and School Assessed Subjects. These figures compared with 889 students who were assessed in five subjects in 1990 of whom 45 per cent took five Publicly Examined Subjects, 25 per cent took five School Assessed Subjects and 25 per cent took a combination. In 1991, 32 Publicly Examined Subjects and 54 School Assessed Subjects were offered compared to 35 and 58 respectively in 1990. The Australian History syllabus used in Year 12, which was revised in 1990 to include a compulsory unit of Northern Territory history for NT students, was offered for the first time in 1991. In January, the Board of Studies for the third time held ceremonies in Darwin and Alice Springs to give appropriate public recognition to outstanding senior secondary students. During the ceremonies, offers of Government Tertiary Scholarships were made to the Northern Territory's top ten Year 12 students and SSABSA Merit Certificates were presented to the thirty NT students who achieved maximum possible scores in one or more subjects. Planning continued during 1991 for the introduction, in 1992, of the South Australian Certificate of Education (Northern Territory), designed to coincide with structural revisions to the senior secondary education program. Preparations for the changes included the accreditation, by the Board of Studies, of a series of new senior secondary Mathematics courses, due for implementation in 1992 to prepare students for changes in SSABSA Mathematics programs planned for introduction in 1993. In the Technical Studies area, TAFE Metals Trades courses, developed as a result of national award restructuring and accredited by the NT Board of Studies, were introduced. These programs carry cross-credits into metal trades courses offered in Northern Territory and interstate TAFE institutions. In addition, a series of Automotive Studies coursesaligned directly with units of the TAFE Certificate in Automotive Maintenancewas accredited by the Board of Studies. Other courses accredited during the year, for introduction in 1992, were a significantly revised Student Driver Education program and a new Studies in Tourism program. Two new Year 11 Home Economics coursesChild Care and Creative Cuisinewere written and a new Year 12 Home Economics program was implemented. The Mathematics Teachers' Association of the Northern Territory, in association with staff of the Northern Territory University, held their annual week-long Mathematics Enrichment Seminar for selected Year 11 students from all government and non-government secondary schools in the Territory. The seminar's most outstanding student later represented the Northern Territory at the National Mathematics Summer School in Canberra. 7