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Australia celebrates World Teachers' Day.



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MINISTER FOR

EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TRAINING THE HON DR BRENDAN NELSON MP

MEDIA RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 Australia ! Tel: (02) 6277 7460 Fax: (02) 6273 4116

5 October, 2002 MIN 195/02

AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY

Today Australia celebrates World Teachers’ Day.

I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the outstanding work done by Australia’s 249,629 teachers - current full and part time teachers working in government and non-government schools.

Australian teachers rightly deserve our congratulations for their commitment to ensuring that our children receive the highest possible standard of education.

While teaching is a demanding job, our teachers are highly committed professionals who are fully capable of meeting its challenges.

The Howard Government is proud to be supporting teachers through the $159 million Quality Teacher Programme. This delivers high quality professional development for teachers in all States and Territories in Australia.

World Teacher’s Day is a timely reminder for all Australians of the critical role teachers have in making a difference to the lives of the children they teach and the communities they work in.

To all Australia’s teachers, I would like to thank you for everything you do for our children.

TABLE 1: NUMBERS OF TEACHING STAFF BY STATE & TERRITORY NSW VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT ACT AUSTRALIA

82 228 62 043 47 618 18 837 24 719 6 696 3 040 4 448 249 629

For further information: Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095

Dept of Education, Science & Training: Alison Richens 0412 652 590