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Report Initiatives for Women in the Northern Territory 1983-1993



Report Initiatives for Women in the Northern Territory 1983-1993

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




Tabled by Marshall Perron


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S e c o n d a ry E d u ca tio n The grow th of fem ale partic ipa tion in educa tion is a con tinu ing trend . R etention ra te s for female s tu d e n ts in N orthern Territory secondary schools have increased from 37.4% in 1985 to 73.1% in 1992. While Aboriginal w om en outside m ajor cen tres are no t included in these figures, th e ir re ten tion ra te s betw een years 8-12 have also increased from 8.86% in 1987 to 20.34% in 1992. H ig h er E d u ca tio n The n u m b er of w om en in h igher education h a s also grown stead ily w ith fem ale en ro lm en ts in 1992 constitu ting a lm ost 60% of all h igher educa tion en ro lm en ts a t the N orthern Territory U niversity (NTU). A pproxim ately h a lf the en ro lm ents are full time. In 1992 th e percen tage of fem ales study ing full-tim e accoun ted for ab o u t 26.2% of to ta l en ro lm en ts, down from 27.5% in 1991. This com pares to a n increase from 19.9% to 23.1% for m ales study ing full-tim e. The m ost significant change in age d istribu tion occurred w ith in th e 20-24 age range w hich doubled in en ro lm en ts from 1989 to 1992. The ratio of m ales to fem ales is sim ilar in all age categories. In 1992, in th e Faculty of Law, 157 fem ales and 176 m ales w ere enrolled com pared to the F acu lty of Science w here trad itiona l en ro lm en t p a tte rn s are evident. In 1993 the F acu lty of Science, School of Engineering, M athem atics an d Physics ra n a W omen an d Engineering m arketing program . Fem ale E ngineering s tu d e n ts from NTU visited local h igh schools to encourage young w om en to consider a career in Engineering. A Young W omen in E ngineering W orkshop w as held a t the University so th a t young w om en in h igh schools could get h a n d s on experience in Engineering skills.