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    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    SENIOR STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM SUBJECT REVIEW

    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Tuesday, February 27, 2007

    SENIOR STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM SUBJECT REVIEW

    Subject choices for Queensland students in Years 11 and 12 are being re-structured to better equip young people for the future, Minister for Education and Training, Rod Welford, said today.

    “A Queensland Studies Authority review is being conducted to determine what our students should be learning in the senior years of high school,” Mr Welford said.

    “Our young people need a solid education foundation in order to move on to the next phase of their lives with the best possible chance of success.

    “There are currently more than 80 subjects available to senior students – and this has resulted in a confusing and cluttered curriculum.

    “The re-structure will have positive benefits for students.

    “It is likely that some existing subjects will be grouped into fields of study, rather than being available as stand-alone options.

    “This will ensure students obtain a more comprehensive education in disciplines like science, the arts and business studies.

    “There is certainly no plan to scrap subjects such as tourism or retail – in fact the majority of young Queenslanders begin their working career in these industries.

    “The review is about ensuring better coverage in key disciplinary areas and providing opportunities to extend their knowledge in extension or elective studies.”

    Mr Welford said the Queensland Studies Authority would produce a draft report later this year for further public consultation with a view to subject changes being introduced in 2009.

    The Queensland Studies Authority review is being chaired by Professor John Dewar, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), GriffithUniversity.

    There has been extensive public consultation with parents, teachers, unions, universities and employer groups since the review began in 2005.

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