More education graduates are needed to head off a growing demand for teachers in Australian schools.
More education graduates are needed to head off a growing demand for teachers in Australian schools, Australian Catholic University (ACU) said on Thursday.
The country's largest educator of teachers said that an ageing teaching workforce combined with an increase in school student numbers over the next decade meant more, not fewer education graduates were needed.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said research indicated that more education graduates would be needed in the classroom as more Australian teachers approach retirement.
“According to the Australian Council for Educational Research’s 2013 Staff in Australia’s Schools report, close to one in five Australian teachers are 56 years of age or older,” Professor Craven said.
“There is also an expectation from the Commonwealth government that Australian schools will face a large influx of students over the next eight years, with an additional 670,000 enrolments over that period.”
“The concerning combination of an ageing workforce and a boom in school student numbers means that we need to ensure Australia is producing enough education graduates to meet to the growing demands of our schools."
ACU education graduates in 2013 experienced strong employment outcomes, with 95 per cent of students employed after graduation.
ACU is Australia’s only truly national university, with campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Ballarat.