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Keynote address by H.K. Coughlan, Chairman of the technical and further education council of the tertiary education commission



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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

35/78 . 22 May 1978

BRUCE COLLEGE OF TAFE INAUGURAL GRADUATION

embargo 8 pm Wednesday May 24 KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY MR H.K. GOUGHIAN, CHAIRMAN OF THE TECHNICAL AND FURTHER EDUCATION COUNCIL OF THE TERTIARY EDUCATION COMMISSION.

The concept of recurrent education and lifelong learning v/as integral to any serious attempt to improve the contribution

of the education system to the world of work, the Chairman of the Technical and Further Education Council of the Tertiary Education Commission, Mir Η. K. C'oughlan, said today.

More and more people will be seeking education at different times in their life because their jobs and the world in which they live will continue to change rapidly, Mr Goughian said at the Bruce College of Technical and Further Education Inaugural Graduation.. .

He was giving the keynote address.

"It is no longer sensible to regard education as something which is taken aboard in one’s youth and will last a life time. People are expecting, ore perhaps than they did a few years ago, that the post-school educational programs will help them find a job, and fill it satisfactorily," Mr Goughian said.

The Council and staff of the Bruce College had a great opportunity to create an outstanding educational institution, he said.

Technical and further education had attracted public interest in the last few years because it was realised that the TAFE

sector of post-school education had been neglected. This neglect was now being repaired. '

TAFE had also attracted a public interest because of concern

that the education system as a whole had given insufficient attention to its task of preparing people for work.

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"Much of the criticism of the education system in this regard has been ill-informed and unfair," Mr Goughian said.

"The present disposition of resources and effort in Australian education was not seriously questioned until a-few years ago.

This was probably because priorities adopted in Australian education development reflected community aspirations as they were when those decisions were made.

"The troubles of our economy, however, have led people to seek a more realistic relationship between what the education system produces and the actualities of the labour market," he said.

The emphasis in TAPE on vocational relevance was not an argument for narrow-based skilled training. The present structure of the work force and the nature of possible changes emphasised the importance of understanding as well as skills.

The acquisition of skills was based on understanding, Mr Goughian said.

An educational program could increase the capacity of an individual to carry out a job efficiently. By doing this education could increase the ability of an individual to compete for jobs.

"The community is creating better value for its educational

dollar if it provides opportunities for people to follow courses that are related as far as possible to the job opportunities that arise," he said.

Departmental contact: Jenny Watling Satherley 89 7172 Parliamentary liason and Public Relations Branch.