Education System In Australia
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, in terms of total area. With the world's 12th largest economy, it is also one of the wealthiest countries in the world, offering a good quality of life. In recent years, become one of the preferred destinations of Indian students for pursuing higher studies, and even more so for gaining vocational skills.
Top Five Universities in Australia
- Australian National University - 19th position internationally
- The University of Melbourne - 42nd position internationally
- The University of Sydney - 45th position internationally
- The University of Queensland - 46th position internationally
- The University of New South Wales - 46th position internationally
Declining participation in science and maths
It has been estimated that 75% of the fastest growing occupations require science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and knowledge. The importance of STEM is acknowledged by industry and business. Yet there are national declines in Australian participation and attainment in these subjects. We are also among the bottom of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) 34 nations on translation of education investment to innovation, which is highly dependent upon STEM.
You can’t have quality education without quality teachers
While there are many factors that may contribute to teacher quality, the overall academic attainment of those entering teaching degrees is an obvious and measurable component, which has been the focus of rigorous standards in many countries. An international benchmarking study indicates that Australia’s teacher education policies are currently falling well short of high-achieving countries where future teachers are recruited from the top 30% of the age cohort. In Australia between 1983 and 2003, the standard intake was from the top 26% to 39%. By 2012/2013, less than half of Year 12 students receiving offers for places in undergraduate teacher education courses had ATAR scores in the top 50% of their age cohort. Teacher education degrees also had the highest percentage of students entering with low ATAR scores, and the proportion of teacher education entrants with an ATAR of less than 50 nearly doubled over the past three years. We cannot expect above-average education with below-average teachers