AUSTRALIAN children are more likely to say they want to be an athlete, while pre-teens from developing countries prefer the idea of being a doctor, a global study has found. A survey of 6200 children aged 10 to 12 by charity group ChildFund Alliance found when asked about career aspirations 20 per cent in Australia nominated becoming a professional athlete, compared with just 4 per cent in developing countries.
TEACHERS are holding practice tests for months prior to NAPLAN and children are experiencing stress-related vomiting and sleeplessness, according to the first national study into the impact of the high-stakes testing regime. The University of Melbourne study raises significant concerns about the ''unintended side effects'' of NAPLAN, including teaching to the test, a reduction in time devoted to other subjects and a negative impact on student health and staff morale.
VICTORIA'S primary schools are bracing for a flood of prep-grade children next year, with many principals struggling to find places to meet demand and even turning students away. The pressures are being exacerbated by decisions made decades ago.
THE cost of educating a year 12 student at Melbourne's top private schools is close to the Australian minimum wage, with annual fees alone at some colleges at or approaching $30,000. Victorian independent schools are generally lifting fees by between 4 and 6.5 per cent next year, with some warning of a tough economic climate and pressure on enrolments.
FORTY-YEAR-OLD design standards for NSW public schools have left sports high schools without enough showers, agricultural high schools lacking agriculture equipment and regular schools having outdated tape decks and video equipment. The first major review of NSW public school design and building standards since their introduction in the 1970s has also found a public boarding school without internet access, despite requiring students to use the internet for their homework.