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From the Directorate of School Education

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March 8,1995.

DRIVE TO GET MORE WOMEN IN TOE EDUCATION JOBS

The careers of women in education received a significant boost today, International Women's Day, with the announcement of a major drive to further Increase the number of women school principals and administration executives.

Already, the Directorate of School Education's acclaimed Women In Leadership program has lifted the number of women In the principal class by 8 per cent In the past four years, from 19 per cent in 1990 to z7 per cent in 1994,

Now, the program will be expanded to not only further Increase the number of women in the principal class but also lift die percentage of women executives within the Directorate of School Education, presently Covering at 17 per cent,

The expanded program, called Women In Educational Leadership, will include: • Mentoring and Career Development pilot projects In all seven DSE regions • A Managing Diversity strategy, Increasing awareness within the DSE of the positive contribution to the workplace of employees of both sexes, non-

English speaking background, and Koori heritage, and with disabilities • Compulsory assessment of merit and equity and managing diversity performance for all principals and DSE executives

Announcing the new initiatives at a seminar 'Celebrating the Achievements of Women in School Education', the Director of School Education, Mr Geoff Spring s$dd 1994 was a'watershed' for women teachers in Victoria.

Over 1000 principal class positions were advertised last year with women taking up 38 per cent of the appointments. Clearly, this is a testament to the very high quality of our female candidates,' Mr Spring said.

He said the DSE was 'justly proud* of the achievement but would not rest on 'these encouraging results,

'It is not satisfactory that whilst 62,4 per cent of the teaching service is female the combined proportion of women In the principal class is 27 per cent. I am also concerned to attract more women to senior management positions In the Directorate's administrative and executive staff,' he said.

Mr Spring said the new initiatives heralded an exciting new era for women in school education, ensuring merit and equity becomes a normal part of workplace culture'. 1 ' A

Media Inquiries to the Community Information Sendee, Directorate of School Education, on (03) 628 4408.