A New South Wales government program aimed at convincing professionals to become maths teachers attracted only six people last year, five of whom dropped out before their scholarships were complete.
As the stateâ€™s public school teachers prepare for their first strike in almost a decade on Tuesday, new figures have cast doubt on the success of the governmentâ€™s attempts to address teacher shortages in NSW without significantly increasing pay.
In 2019, the state government announced the Teach.Maths NOW scholarship to lure current undergraduates and industry professionals with a background in pure or applied mathematics to become teachers.
But the program has struggled to attract and retain applicants. Despite funding for 160 placements, the program was only offered to 53 people in its first two years. Now, new figures obtained by the Guardian show the program has also failed to keep many of the industry professionals who did apply.
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Victorian Labor MP Anthony Carbines will replace Luke Donnellan in premier Daniel Andrewsâ€™ cabinet after Donellan, the Age has reported.
Donellan quit cabinet in October after the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission inquiry into branch-stacking heard that he had paid for other peopleâ€™s party memberships.
Carbines will take on Donellanâ€™s former portfolios of ageing, disabilities, carers and child protection.