Australian Council of Deans of Education: Media Release 11 May 2016

Education Deans Call For Political Commitment to Increase Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Teacher Numbers

Australian Council of Deans of EducationAs funding for the four-year More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative (MATSITI) finishes this month, the Australian Council of Deans of Education is calling on all parties to commit to long-term funding to improve the recruitment and retention of Indigenous teachers.

At present there is only one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teacher for approximately every four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students – a situation that must change if we are to make real inroads into improving in Indigenous education.

The teachers are vital role models to inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students,
improve their aspirations and enhance cultural respect, understanding and reconciliation with all
Australians.

There is an also urgent need to attract quality teachers to help lift disadvantaged, remote and
regional communities.

ACDE Executive Director, David Templeman

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