Education and Arts, Rod Welford 28/10/05
Community views sought on senior syllabuses
Communities around Queensland are being invited to comment on the syllabuses for Year 11 and 12 students.
Education Minister, Rod Welford, said a Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) review aimed to ensure senior syllabuses meet the needs of all students.
"The Review of the Syllabuses for the Senior Phase of Learning, chaired by Griffith University's Professor John Dewar, began in June and will be completed by mid-2006," Mr Welford said.
"We want the community to be involved in this process and there are forums being held throughout Queensland over the next month.
"Already, meetings have been held in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and Thursday Island - and the next forum is scheduled for Mt Isa on Monday, 31 October."
Mr Welford said the review would determine whether existing syllabuses met the needs of students, teachers, employers and further education providers.
"The review is assessing the range and relevance of the QSA's senior phase of learning syllabuses and will recommend the form they might take in the future," he said.
"It responds to our Government's 'learning or earning' laws, effective from 2006, which require all young Queenslanders to be in education, training or work until they are 17.
"With more students than ever before expected to complete Year 12 or its equivalent, syllabuses need to meet a much wider range of students' aspirations.
"The nature of work and types of jobs are also changing and syllabuses must introduce young people to the skills necessary to take advantage of new work and training opportunities.
"In addition to ensuring syllabuses prepare students for when they finish school, the review is looking at how syllabuses can be delivered more flexibly, and complement students' learning experiences from P-10."
Mr Welford said the senior syllabuses review also supported the introduction of the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) in 2006.
"The new certificate recognises achievement in a range of subjects and allows more flexibility in what students learn and when and where they learn it," he said.
"More relevant syllabuses with more flexible delivery options will maximise the potential of the QCE."
The review consultation paper and the community forums schedule are available at www.qsa.qld.edu.au/consultations. The list of forums follows:
Mt Isa:Monday 31 October, 12.30pm and 5.30pm, Spinifex State College.
Longreach: Wednesday 2 November 12.30pm and 5.30pm, Longreach SHS
Brisbane North:Monday 7 November 12.30pm and 5.30pm Mt Alvernia College
Roma:Tuesday 8 November at 12.30pm, 3.30pm and 5.30pm, and Wednesday 9 November at 10am, Roma Middle State School
Brisbane South:Monday 14 November 12.30pm and 5.30pm San Sisto College
Maryborough:Tuesday 15 November 12.30pm and 5.30pm Maryborough SHS
Ipswich:Monday 21 November 12.30pm and 5.30pm West Moreton Anglican College
Toowoomba:Wednesday 23 November 12.30pm and 5.30pm Fairholme College
Gold Coast:Monday 28 November 12.30pm and 5.30pm, Palm Beach Currumbin SHS
Sunshine Coast:Wednesday 30 November 12.30pm and 5.30pm Matthew Flinders Anglican College
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