29
Oct
07

Henderson and Territory education

The NT Minister for Education, Paul Henderson, was interviewed on Stateline recently (trasncript here).

His estimate, using Government figures, is that around 2000 school-aged young people in the Territory are not enrolled and are not attending school.  The NT Education Union estimates 7000.   

Economic and regional development is nominally organised around concepts of infrastructure, business investment, employment, et cetera.  The NT truancy rate represents the greatest medium and long-term economic and social challenge of any jurisdiction in Australia.   And it is not just active engagement in education that is the issue, but engagement on a merit-based level. 

If some years down the track we can look back at the present focus in indigenous affairs and say that one element has been a resounding success, and if it is in the area of addressing truancy and enabling merit-based education engagement, then the future will be a positive turn-around for many people and their families.

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