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Nationals call for country education enquiry

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A National Party call for a Parliamentary Inquiry into higher education participation rates has the support of the Nationals Member for Benalla, Bill Sykes.

Dr Sykes said, “The National Party initiative is in response to the ongoing statistics which show lower year 12 completion rates (69% v’s 85%) and lower university enrolments (34% vs 52%) by country students compared with city students”.

“I have used my position on the Public Accounts and Estimates Parliamentary Committee to raise this issue with the Ministers for Education and Education Services on several occasions.”

“I raised the issue again this week in Parliament highlighting issues such as poor school building maintenance contributing to an unfavourable learning environment in country secondary schools and the costs associated with travel and living away from home for country students attending tertiary education.”

Dr Sykes continued, “Peter Hall, The Nationals Education spokesperson, has proposed the inquiry. He is a former teacher. This professional background plus the experience of raising a family and representing people in Gippsland in the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament, makes Mr Hall well qualified to raise this issue which is so important to people living in country Victoria.”

I am pleased that there is ‘all Party’ support for the proposal and that the inquiry will proceed.

As is the case with Parliamentary Inquiries I would expect that the public will be invited to make written submissions and to participate in public hearings.

Further information will be provided, as it becomes available.

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Written by Greg Naylor

19 July 2007 at 4:42 pm

Posted in media release

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