FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is calling on the community to provide input on how the Government can better help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) students to aim high in life after school.
Mr Entsch, a member of the Federal Government’s Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs, said feedback would contribute to the Committee’s Inquiry into Educational Opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students.
“There’s still a large gap between our ATSI and non-ATSI students completing high school – 60 per cent versus 85 per cent,” said Mr Entsch.
“So, how can we turn our students’ ambition into achievement, and what pathways will get them into tertiary education?
“We’re seeking input from educational professionals and academics, as well as students themselves and their parents – what are their experiences, and what can we do to provide our students with the best education and the best opportunities for the future?”
Mr Entsch said the Committee is inquiring into a number of areas of educational opportunities and outcomes for ATSI students including the benefits of different school models, and the engagement and achievement of students in remote areas.
To provide your feedback on what works, what’s important, and what can be done better, complete the questionnaire at http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Indigenous_Affairs/Educational_Opportunities.