ASTA welcomes focus on supporting STEM educators
In last night's budget response, Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten recognised that 'Productivity is the most important catalyst for our economy. And the most important catalyst for productivity is education.'
Mr Shorten acknowledged that, with three-quarters of the fastest growing occupations in Australia requiring skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, it is essential that these skills be a priority in primary and secondary schools. He also acknowledged that the key to successful STEM education lies in better supporting and equipping our teachers.
ASTA welcomes action from any government that contributes to a more STEM-capable education sector. ASTA particularly notes Labor's commitment to:
- boost the skills of 25,000 current primary and secondary teachers, and
- train 25,000 new teachers who are science and technology graduates.
ASTA is encouraged to see STEM education, and the vital role of the individual teachers responsible for delivering it, recognised as a pivotal part of Australia's economic future."