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Move to fast track Maths-Science teachers into class rooms.

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Anna Bligh Minister for Education & Arts,

27 August 2004

Move to Fast Track Maths-Science Teachers into Class Rooms

The Beattie Government is introducing a new Maths-Science Scholarships program to give 25 eager graduates with a maths-science background the chance to fast track a teaching career in Queensland state schools.

Education Minister Anna Bligh said the pilot program was developed in partnership with Queensland University of Technology to offer successful candidates a full-time accelerated Graduate-entry Bachelor of Education (Secondary) course.

"The State Government is committed to replenishing and reinvigorating the ranks of state school teachers with a special emphasis on maths and science," Ms Bligh said.

"The new Maths-Science Teacher Scholarships target these key teaching subject specialities and are valued at $6,000 each.

"Scholarship winners will start their course at Queensland University of Technology in November 2004 and finish in January 2006."

"Scholarship winners who satisfactorily complete their course and a suitability assessment will be guaranteed a permanent teaching job in Queensland state schools.

"The 25 scholarships will be available to university graduates with a maths or science degree.

"While Education Queensland is keen to receive applications from university students completing their courses this year the Department is also targeting suitable candidates who are presently working in related industries such as engineering and science, who may be interested in changing to a new and rewarding career in teaching."

Scholarship guidelines and application forms are available at

Applications close 30 September 2004.

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