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Annual Report 1991 Department of Education



Annual Report 1991 Department of Education

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Tabled Paper 1288


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT






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Aboriginal employment in education: The Aboriginalisation of senior school staff positions, through the NT Teaching Service mentor program, continued with Commonwealth funding. Eight Aboriginal staff were being prepared to occupy promotional positions ranging from Senior Teacher and Teacher/Linguist to Principal. Two of the training positions were located in Catholic schools. Aborigines as teachers: The increased number of Batchelor College gradu ates assuming teaching positions and the wider availability of on-site mixed-mode programsprovided through tutors funded under the Abo riginal Education Programresulted in greater numbers of Aboriginal trainee teachers in schools. School curriculum: A wide range of materials was developed through the extensive participation of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal teachers from 54 Aboriginal schools and homeland centres in community-based curriculum writing workshops. In addition, teachers from 21 Aboriginal communities took part in curriculum workshops in Darwin designed to produce materials directly relevant to the learning environment of Aboriginal schools while conform ing to the requirements of the NT Board of Studies. Five Aboriginal teachers received on-the-job training in the processes of curriculum development, working alongside teachers with recognised expertise in this area, while making a significant contribution to the development of resources appro priate for Aboriginal students. Enrolments: While the enrolments of Aboriginal preschool students have remained little changed, at about 45 per cent, over the last few years, in 1991 there were again indications of a continuing gradual increase in the number of Aboriginal students enrolled in primary, secondary and tertiary pro grams. In the primary and junior secondary areas, Aboriginal enrolments en compassed about 72 per cent of potential students, compared with almost 100 per cent in the non-Aboriginal community. It was of continuing concern that the rate of participation in education among Aboriginal people aged sixteen and seventeen years was only 20 per cent, compared with the non- Aboriginal rate of almost 55 per cent. Remote areas program: During the year, emphasis was placed on imple menting the Australian Education Council's recommendation that collabo rative approaches should be developed by selected States and Territories in providing greater access to education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students living in remote areas. In 1991, the program's national steering committee was chaired by the Secretary of the NT Department of Education. EDUCATION 20