Thousands of students are being signed up to courses that they have little or no chance of completing.
Tightening regulation will contain the damage but this alone will not address the deeper problems in vocational education.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Simon Birmingham about his negotiations for a new higher education package, efforts to crack down on rorting in the vocational educational sector and the government's overhaul of the childcare system.
University isn’t the best option for everyone.
Less than half of young people in Australia go to university, so why do we make this the gold standard that all should strive for?
With stories of widespread rorting and dodgy dealings, how can you tell which training organisations to trust?
In recent times, the front pages of our newspapers have provided an almost daily reminder that some Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers are to be avoided.
Maintaining community confidence in the value of VET qualifications is essential for a functioning labour market.
Lured by government subsidies, registered training organisations are enrolling people into VET courses that do not match their needs and for which there is a dubious case at best for taxpayer support.
A bust of Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid. Verwoerd believed that black people should know their place – and that included staying away from ‘white’ jobs.
Vocational training is regarded as "low status" in South Africa. Much of the negativity around technical and vocational work seems to lie in the country's history.
Should the Federal government take over from the states in funding vocational education and training?
The Federal Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne has recently added his support to the proposal for the federal government to take over full responsibility for funding Vocational Education and Training.
Vocational training shouldn’t be dismissed as an easy, lazy alternative to completing formal schooling.
Modern vocational programmes must prepare students for complex work which demands a skills and knowledge mix that is different but not necessarily easier than school subjects.
All 16-year-olds will now have to sit five academic subjects at GCSE.
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From September, all children will have to study five core academic subjects at GCSE. But the CBI thinks the exams should be phased out.
Ghana’s education system has been slammed in a new global report. Could making schools more culturally savvy fix the problem?
Critics of Ghana's education system suggest that making local cultural values a fundamental part of the education system will create a happier, more harmonious society.
Manchester Town Hall. Will education be part of greater devolution?
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It’s 25 years since the abolition of the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA). Its passing marked a turning point: local control over education in Britain has never been the same again. Now plans led…
Back to school for Nicky Morgan.
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From a College of Teaching to vocational education, international students and whether to raise tuition fees, there is a lot in the ministers' inboxes.
IBM has pioneered P-TECHs.
P-TECHs provide a much-needed pathway for students who don't want to go to university.
A crisis is looming.
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Funding cuts of up to 24% for adult education should provoke a re-imagining of how it is organised.
The government shouldn’t be trying to deregulate one half of the tertiary education sector while re-regulating the other.
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Before the government tries a third time to secure support for university fee deregulation, it needs to learn from past mistakes in the tertiary education sector and come up with a plan.
What a young person decides to study should be based on an informed choice of what is best for them - not what will be subsidised the most.
Under our proposal, governments would guarantee public support for eligible people between the ages of 18-24 years – not just to go to university, but also for vocational education and training.
A few anecdotes about dodgy Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers doesn’t mean that the whole system is broken.
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A few anecdotes about dodgy private training colleges don't mean the whole system is broken.
Vocational education is underfunded, understood by too few, and too specific to allow students to go on to further education.
The Australian government is reviewing vocational education and training qualifications. The aim is to streamline a system that has educators, employers and government baffled by its complexity. The government…
Hurrah! But wait till you get to the office.
The expansion of higher education in the UK has been driven by a political desire to increase economic growth and to promote social mobility at the same time by drawing more graduates from a larger pool…
It was worth coming back from holiday early.
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Despite a number of dire warnings, overall GCSE results have not been very volatile. Across the country, the number of students getting A* to C grades has increased slightly, by 0.7% points. On the basis…