Indigenous students excelling in the classroom: NSW report

ABORIGINAL students are sticking it out in the classroom more than ever before, a NSW education report has revealed.

After tracking the pathways of more than 3000 Aboriginal TAFE students aged between 15 and 24 over a six-year period, the Board of Vocational Education and Training found enrolments and course completion rates were on the rise.

Enrolments more than doubled from 6,868 in 2005 to 17,718 in 2010.

During the same period course completions rose more than 50% from 3288 to 5183 in the final year of study.

The report - Not just a dream: Aboriginal student pathways to higher level qualifications in TAFE NSW - was released on Monday.

While the report showed significantly improved outcomes for Aboriginal students, Education Minister Adrian Piccoli acknowledged "some challenges remain".

"In 2012 TAFE NSW had close to 37,000 Aboriginal students enrolled," Mr Piccoli said

"This report confirms we still have a way to go to 'close the gap' in education, training and employment outcomes for Aboriginal people.

"(It) highlights the importance of having culturally appropriate training and support services for Aboriginal students undertaking vocational training,"


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