Labor pledges cash payments to entice high achievers to teach

Labor will pay students who achieve an ATAR of 80 or more up to $12,000 per year if they decide to pursue an education degree, as part of its plan to raise educational standards and reduce the teacher shortage if elected.

The plan would ensure that high-performing students who choose to pursue an education receive $10,000 per year for the duration of the course, or $12,000 if they commit to teaching in a regional area — although it’s not clear. is how long they should promise to teach regionally.

The extra money would be offered to 1,000 students per year for five years and it is clear that priority would be given to students with the highest ATARs.

Labor said a similar program in the UK had shown a 2.9 percent increase in applications to study education and education for every £1,000 ($1,743) in payments.

The party’s long-term goal is to double the number of people receiving an ATAR over 80 in college over the next 10 years from about 1,800 per year to 3,600 per year.

“One of the most important things we can do to stop the decline in student achievement and improve student achievement is to raise educational standards,” said Shadow Education Minister Tanya Plibersek.

“If we want a better future in Australia, we need a smart, skilled workforce so we can compete for jobs and growth with our neighbors.”

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