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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1601


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

Will he bring up to date the information which his predecessor gave me on 26th August, 1970 (Hansard, page 573) and 29th October, 1970 (page 3091) on Commonwealth Secondary scholarships.


Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1.) The number of Commonwealth Secondary scholarships available in. 1971 was 10,000.

(2)   The number of students who competed for these awards in 1970 totalled 91,639. Of these Students, 9,995 (or 10.9 per cent) successfully competed for and accepted a Commonwealth Secondary scholarship.

(3)   The numbers and percentages ol scholarships accepted in 1971 by students who at the time they competed were attending Government, Catholic and other non-government schools are as follows:

 

Within each State scholarships are awarded on merit and no specific, allocation is made for particular categories of schools.

(4)   'Of students enrolled in the third last year of secondary schooling in 1970 at Government, Catholic and other non-government ., schools respectively, the percentages who were awarded Commonwealth Secondary scholarships' in 1971 are as follows:

The answer to this question last >',ear also included a comparison between the number of students awarded Commonwealth Secondary Scholarships and enrolments in the second Inst year of schooling. Enrolment statistics for 1971 are not yet available. The numbers of students who accepted Commonwealth Secondary scholarships in 1970, expressed as percentages of enrolments in the second last secondary year in 1970 at each category of school were as follows:

(6)   It is again not possible to provide this information since statistics of enrolments at schools in metropolitan and other areas respectively are not available.

(7)   The numbers and percentages of Commonwealth Secondary scholarships awarded to boys and girls in 1971 are as follows:







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