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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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EDUCATION 1991 INTRODUCTION During 1991, two major influences on the Northern Territory's education system were the need to reduce and redistribute expenditure following the decisions of the Government's Estimates Review Committee the implications of the Finn Committee's report, Young People's Participation in Post-compulsory Education and Training, commissioned by the Australian Education Council and released in mid-year. The combined effects of these influences were moves towards a major expansion of the post-compulsory education sector, combined with an overall rationalisation of resources to ensure their most efficient use throughout the system. The rationalisation included slight adjustments to student-staffing ratios, a reduction in central administrative functions and staffing positions and the development of a standard package of responsibilities to be devolved to schools from the beginning of 1992. In addition, the closure or amalgamation of a small number of under-utilised schools and preschools was foreshadowed, with arrangements being made for the facilities to be converted to alternative educational or social development use. In primary and junior secondary education, the development and refine ment of curricula continued and, in particular, the phasing in of the new English curriculum was largely completed. A revised version of the Junior Secondary Studies Certificate was approved for issue for the first time in 1992. Preparations continued for the introduction of the Northern Territory version of the new South Australian Certificate of Education SACE (NT)which will replace the Senior Secondary Assess ment Board of South Australia's Certificate of Achievement. Because of changes to methods of recording and reporting required for the SACE (NT), work was undertaken on the development of a new format for the Senior Secondary Studies Certificate. In the post-compulsory sector, student retention rates continued to rise and, in keeping with national trends, the range of vocationally-oriented programs offered in the Northern Territory increasedincluding courses combining elements of senior secondary education and TAFE-level training. To provide a more appropriately integrated framework to cater for the 1