Annual Report 1991 Department of Education
Tabled Paper 1288
Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
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EDUCATION Aboriginal students, funded by the Commonwealth, foreshadowed its continuation and future extension to remote areas. In Palmerston, the college continued its involvement in a range of community service programs, including the Disabled Independent Living Skills Program, while art and craft enterprise development was again an important activity throughout the Darwin rural area. Certificate programs in Office Skills and Access to Employment and Further Education once more proved very popular and complemented the Certificate in Practical Computer Operations course in most regions. While the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme continued to function through thecollege, preparations began for its operations to become independent in 1992. At the end of 1991, the Open College Centre in Tennant Creek was transferred to the former Karguru Primary School premises which, coupled with the Fadelli Building Skills Centre, provided the town with greatly enhanced TAFE facilities. Following the incorporation of the Secondary Correspondence School into the Open College in 1990, work continued towards the development of a specialist distance learning unit for the provision of technical and further, as well as secondary, education in remote areas. Through the Aboriginal Education Program, the production of secondary education materials for Aboriginal schools continued. Territory Training Centre programs offered during the year included accelerated apprentice training, pre-vocational courses and 'interface' programs between TAFE and secondary schools and the Aboriginal Education Program, as well as fee-for-service courses. In addition, the Centre provided assistance, including theservices of lecturers, to support trades-related programs conducted outside Darwin. ALICE SPRINGS COLLEGE OF TAFE During 1991, the council and staff of the Alice Springs College of TAFE participated in an intensive review of college activities and the subsequent development of a forward plan. Following a series of workshops involving most staff, the college's mission statement was reviewed to reflect its responsibility 'to promote a sustainable society in Central Australia through the provision of quality learning'. Conse quently, emphasis was placed on efforts to develop and provide programs to meet both current and future needs for education, training and work skills programs designed to enhance the viability of the Central Australian commu nity. While apprenticeship enrolments declined as a result of the recession, and numbers taking enrichment courses fell with the implementation of full cost recovery, total enrolment levels were maintained through significant increases in the number of students taking business courses and short industry-specific training programs such as Train the Trainer7. 16
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