Bannner

With Gonski gone, The government see private schools as the solution to quality Amateur  astronomer discovers a galaxy far, far away Learning takes off with OUA and Virgin. The Apostrophe Protection Society aims to save the much abused punctuation mark.     … [Read more...]

The Scan

Edition #   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The News ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Scan in 2015 This year’s top ten reads were heavily skewed towards the “VET crisis” and attempts by authorities (rather belatedly in our view) to stamp out the obvious rorting, particularly in VET FEE-HELP funding, which has been truly scandalous. In fact, the number one post this year on The Scan is also the number one post of all time and by … [Read more...]

2 column

Enrolment stuff up 6 January 2016    |     Up to 14,500 university applicants told before Christmas that they had won a place at Victoria University (VU) have now been told it was a “system” error. VU sent out emails on Christmas Eve, informing applicants they could enrol in their preferred course. But on Monday 4 January, those same students received another email in which the university’s general manager of student administration wrote: “We regret to advise that this email was sent as a result of a system error. All applications are still being assessed by our admissions team.”  It’s a cockup, even if the error affects hundreds of applicants; if it runs into thousands, it’s monumental … [Read more...]

Buddha

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Two thirds

General relativity: How Einstein's theory explains the universe, and more A century ago, in November 1915, physicist Albert Einstein unveiled a theory that would change the world — general relativity.  ABC science reporter Bernie Hobbs explains this mind bending theory - the development of which was driven by experiments that took place mostly in Einstein's brain (that is, so-called "thought experiments"). See Research shows disorganised people are geniuses. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ General relativity: How … [Read more...]

The election outcome

4 July 2016 There's really not much to say, is there?  TDA summed it up from a tertiary education perspective: Political instability prevails, with the election outcome too close to call and the VET sector in a state of uncertainty after eight weeks of campaigning. …. For the tertiary education sector, the uncertainty is compounded by a curious lack of policy commitment from the Coalition, which did not release any training or skills policy or new initiatives during the campaign. In higher education, it's a similar situation with the coalition policy subject to the views of an expert panel flowing from a discussion paper. For international education, there will be more … [Read more...]

The Scan 28 June 2016 #181

Apprentice numbers slump 28 June 2016    |     The number of apprentices across Australia has plunged since the Coalition took office, government figures show, with some of the steepest falls occurring in high-unemployment marginal seats still up for grabs at Saturday's election.  Western Sydney has lost 10,642 apprentices and western Melbourne 4782, while the national total fell 28 per cent from 383,562 to 278,583, between December 2013 and December last year, documents obtained under Freedom of Information and NCVER data reveal.  Labor claims the falling take up of apprenticeships is a direct result of the $1 billion stripped from trades support programs since the change of government, … [Read more...]

Apprentice numbers slump

Fairfax Media     |    28 June 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The number of apprentices across Australia has plunged since the Coalition took office, government figures show, with some of the steepest falls occurring in high-unemployment marginal seats still up for grabs at Saturday's election. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Western Sydney has lost 10,642 apprentices and western Melbourne 4782, while the national total fell 28 per cent from 383,562 to 278,583, between December 2013 and December last year, documents obtained under Freedom of Information and NCVER data reveal.   Labor claims the falling take up of apprenticeships is a direct result … [Read more...]

Can we really afford to not invest more in education?

28 June 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Australian newspaper has been running a none too sophisticated campaign against the boost in education spending of $37 billion over the next decade promised by Labor. It’s a mish mash of half-truths and contortions of logic, as is often the case when The Australian goes politically feral. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Labor has drawn on an OECD report, Universal Basic Skills, to supports its argument that increased spending on education not only contributes to equity and social inclusion but is an investment in future improvements in productivity (and, indeed, Malcolm Turnbull’s Ideas Boom).  It's a proposition with … [Read more...]

Higher education gets short shrift in the election campaign

28 June 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Stephen Parker, the soon to retire vice-chancellor of the University of Canberra, was an implacable opponent of the  Coalition's university deregulation package.  But from being a red hot issue during most of the last term of Parliament, higher education has hardly figured in the election campaign.  The Coalition has slipped the electorate a mogadon and seemingly gotten away with it.  The mogadon will wear of after the election, should the Coalition returned. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Higher education policy during the Abbott government was highly controversial and probably a component of Tony Abbott’s … [Read more...]