The Age | 7 August 2013
The proportion of school graduates enrolling in TAFE courses in Victoria has slumped to the lowest point in 10 years amid a sharp rise in the popularity of bachelor degrees.
The latest On Track survey of Victorian school leavers revealed 53.2% of school leavers enrolled in university this year, compared with 42.6% of graduates from 2003. The proportion of school graduates enrolled in TAFE and vocational courses dropped from 25.8% to 15.8% in the same period.
University of Melbourne associate professor Leesa Wheelahan said the uncapped system, introduced in full from last year, meant universities could enrol as many students as they wanted, including those who would previously have chosen TAFE. But Professor Wheelahan warned, such students might not reach their potential if universities failed to support them.
We’ve got a risky experiment where they’re bypassing TAFE and going straight to university without that level of support. ‘They’ll be in bigger classes. The teachers won’t know their names necessarily. They won’t get the same one-on-one support that TAFE has been able to offer.