The announcement by the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Canberra (UC) to join forces and boost the number of graduate science teachers creates a promising model that could be rolled out across Australia.
The partnership between ANU and UC demonstrates how Australian universities can be responsive to their local communities and to national priorities, especially with regard to the needs of the labour market.
This is a great example of Australian universities working together to get more experienced and qualified science teachers into Australian classrooms.
The new vertical double degree will see students complete a Bachelor of Science at the ANU while also undertaking a Masters of Teaching at UC in their final year.
Labor understands the importance of more young Australians getting a good education in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) disciplines.
That’s why Labor has already announced the first elements of a comprehensive STEM strategy, including:
Coding in Schools – ensuring our kids have the opportunity to learn the language of computers from an early age;
Teaching STEM – training and upskilling our teachers to be capable and confident teaching STEM subjects;
Teach STEM scholarships - 25,000 STEM graduates incentive to do a teaching degree, to address the shortage of qualified STEM teachers. Recipients will get $5000 when they commence a teaching degree, and $10,000 when they complete their first year of teaching; and
STEM Future Workforce – giving 100,000 young Australians the opportunity to graduate from STEM degrees without a HECS debt, with a focus on incentivising students from under-represented groups to get STEM qualifications.
Labor is the only party that is proudly committed to investing in science, research and innovation to create and sustain the jobs of the future.