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Government must address future of college system

  • Liberals ignoring consequences for colleges                       
  • Government’s year 12 extension policy now appears compulsory   
  • Labor wants high schools and colleges to collaborate, not work against each other

 The Liberal Government must finally explain what its policy to extend all high schools to year 12 will mean for Tasmania’s public college system.

Shadow Education Minister Michelle O’Byrne said the Government has ignored difficult questions to this point.

“Now the Government’s policy has gone from voluntary to compulsory, it must address some critical issues,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“What does modelling say the extensions will mean for Tasmania’s public colleges?

“Colleges won’t survive if they are competing with every high school in their area.

“The Government is ignoring its own ACER report which recommends a sustainable model to ensure all students complete year 12 or equivalent without limitations to their course selections and future pathways.

“Are the Liberals laying the groundwork to close colleges?

“Colleges are currently under enough pressure as it is after the Government woefully mismanaged exam marking this year.

“Labor will not roll back schools that have been extended to year 12 but our focus is on collaboration between high schools and colleges.

“The teganna Collective on Hobart’s eastern shore is a great example of what can be achieved when schools work together.

“A one-size fits all approach that will pit urban high schools against colleges is not the solution.

“And while Labor shares the Government’s desire to improve retention, we are also focussed on results.

“How many of the students completing year 12 in extended high schools have received an ATAR?

“If the Liberals are moving to replace colleges, they need to be honest with Tasmanians.”