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Wednesday, 28 March 1973
Page: 774

Dr JENKINS (SCULLIN, VICTORIA) - Has the Minister for Education any recent information available on the number of dropouts and failures in each year of each school or faculty of each Australian university or other tertiary institutions? Can this information be made available to honourable members? Is any follow-up done of such failures and dropouts to ascertain whether they transferred to other courses or whether use is made of the training such students have received? In view of the large expenditure of private and public moneys involved with such students, will the Minister consider an investigation into the various aspects of the problem?

Mr BEAZLEY (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Education) - I have no statistics with me concerning what the honourable member calls dropouts and failures. I think that there could be unfortunate consequences of linking the two as if everyone who left a tertiary institution did so because he was a failure. However I will treat the honourable member's question as being on notice and seek the information for which he asks.

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