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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2831..


(5) This is covered in part (4) above.

Teachers-salaries

(Question No 1547)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 13 May 2004:

Further to the response to Question on notice No 1326, why is there a difference in the average gross salary for male and female teachers employed by the A.C.T. Department of Education, Youth and Family Services.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

ACT government school teachers' salaries are not based on gender.

However, average salary levels for male and female teachers vary according to a number of factors. These include: salary increments, classification, length of service, and the number of male and female employees at the respective salary points.

Education-Year 12 trends

(Question No 1548)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 13 May 2004:

Further to the response to Question on notice No 1399 which stated that the figure for Year 12 students participating in English in 2003 was 97.9%, why is it not compulsory for Year 12 students to participate in English classes.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

The policies for the Year 12 Certificate are determined by the Board of Senior Secondary Studies. The Board has a policy of "freedom of choice of courses for students."

The reason for this approach is to encourage students in the post-compulsory years to take responsibility for their own learning in a situation where guidance for course choice is provided by teachers. This, the Board believes, has contributed to the higher participation rates in ACT senior secondary colleges.

Teachers-agreements

(Question No 1549)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 13 May 2004:

(1) Has the Minister been presented with a copy of the teachers Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) by the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services;


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