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Tuesday, 19 May 1970

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

What steps have been taken to obtain sufficient statistics of enrolments of technical colleges to slate the percentage of students granted Commonwealth scholarships (Hansard, 21 August, 1969; page 633).

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Statistics of technical college enrolments published by the Acting Commonwealth Statistician do not form an appropriate basis for the calculation of percentages of students enrolled at technical colleges who are granted Commonwealth Technical Scholarships. These statistics of enrolments al technical colleges relate to enrolments in all courses at institutions generally classified as technical colleges, whereas Commonwealth Technical Scholarships are awarded only to students enrolled for certificate courses and certain other vocational courses. In addition the institutions covered by the Statistician's series do not coincide exactly with the institutions at which Commonwealth Technical scholarships may be used.

The Acting Commonwealth Statistician has advised that the development of statistics on the necessary basis has been taken up as part of a comprehensive examination of education statistics generally. He points out, however, that the development of uniform statistics of technical education is made difficult because of differences between States in the counting of students and the organisation of courses. Preparatory work has been put in hand but the matter will need to be pursued as a joint effort with the Stale Departments which provide the majority of courses in this field.

The Acting Commonwealth Statistican has drawn attention lo other statistical information which may be relevant to the Honourable Member's question. Estimates of the numbers of persons enrolled in technician courses are included in the results of a sample survey of study courses (other than ordinary school courses) for 1968, which have recently been published by the Acting Commonwealth Statistician. New questions to be asked in the 1971 Population Census on courses of study will provide further information in this field.

Teachers Colleges: Graduate Enrolments (Question No. 746) Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

Can he provide figures on the number of graduates from the Australian National University who have gone on to teachers colleges in other Slates.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) en - The answers to the honourable ministers question is as follows: 1'he number of graduates from the Australian National University who have gone on to enrol in teachers colleges in other States is not known.

However, as university graduates enrolled at teachers colleges frequently undertake the Diploma of Education, figures are shown in the table below of Australian National University graduates who commenced the Diploma of Education at other Australian universities in 1968 and 1969.

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