The State Government’s $19million teaching scholarship program has signed up 346 applicants for 2008, 32 of whom will receive $60,000 for completing four years of country service.
Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan said the scholarship program was designed to secure final year teaching graduates for regional postings and in key shortage areas of mathematics, science, design and technology and home economics.
Mr McGowan said the scholarship program was part of the Carpenter Government’s multi-pronged approach to dealing with teacher shortages.
“The effects of this scheme will begin to be felt at the start of the 2009 school year and continue on for another four years after that,” he said.
The Minister said he was particularly pleased to see that 32 teaching students had accepted offers to undertake four years’ country service upon graduation.
“Each of the 32 applicants has received their initial instalment of $30,000 gross and will receive the remaining $30,000 gross upon the completion of their four year contract,” he said.
“This payment will come on top of their regular teaching salary, which will kick-off at more than $50,000 including up to $19,800 in allowances, when they begin in 2009.
“The recipients will be sent to work in areas of need, particularly in the Goldfields, Pilbara and Kimberley.
“This scheme is just one of a number of initiatives that the State Government has unveiled over the past year to boost the teaching workforce.”
In 2008, the following scholarships have been offered:
· 158 scholarships to final year teaching graduates;
· 24 scholarships for current teachers to re-train as mathematics teachers;
· 23 scholarships for current teachers to re-train as science teachers;
· 11 scholarships for people to become qualified as design and technology teachers; and
· 10 scholarships for people to become qualified as home economics teachers.
A total of 60 Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers and 60 education assistants have also been offered scholarships to become qualified teachers.
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