Public submissions have opened for the Federal Government’s review of regional education.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the announcement was an important milestone in the government’s efforts to ensure regional, rural and remote students not only achieve success at school, but go on to further study, training and employment.
‘‘This independent review offers an opportunity to level the playing field between city and country students,’’ Mr Joyce said.
‘‘Students living outside our major cities face unique challenges compared to their city cousins, which can cause significant disparities between their education outcomes.’’
The review identifies nine themes:
■Curriculum and assessment.
■Teachers and teaching.
■Leaders and leadership.
■Information and communication technology.
■Entrepreneurship and schools.
■School and community.
■Transitioning beyond school.
Senate Education Committee chair Bridget McKenzie said public submissions would highlight issues to be further explored by the review through face-to-face consultations in July and August.
‘‘Liberal and Nationals backbenchers have long championed the importance of a specific focus on the unique challenges and needs of regional students, which this inquiry is delivering,’’ Senator McKenzie said.
‘‘The inquiry will be pounding the pavement in our regional areas, speaking to a wide range of affected communities in order to find solutions that will assist our young people succeed in education and training so they can find better jobs and better opportunities.
‘‘The final report and recommendations of the independent review will be provided to government by the end of this year and will be considered concurrently with the findings of the new Gonski review into achieving excellence in all Australian schools.’’
Submissions will close at 5pm, August 29.
■For more information, visit: www.education.gov.au/independent-review-regional-rural-and-remote-education