Low indigenous interest in early education scheme

Matthew Franklin; 19/10/09

Kevin Rudd is struggling in his bid to recruit indigenous students to study early childhood education – frustrating the government’s push to alleviate indigenous disadvantage through better education of youngsters. While nearly all of the 500 new university places for people to study early childhood education have been taken up in the 20 universities in which they were offered this year, Darwin’s Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education has reported low interest in the courses. Providing access to accredited early childhood education teachers to children before they enter primary school was a key promise in Labor’s 2007 election campaign with the federal government particularly keen to ensure indigenous children can be assisted with early intervention in education.

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