Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett


    Government appoints new Director General of Education

    6/09/2000 3:56 PM

    The State Government has appointed long time educator Peter Browne as the State’s new Director General of Education.

    Announcing the appointment today, Education Minister Colin Barnett said the position of director general of education was one of the most important in the community.

    He said the position entailed overseeing and managing a varied and complex system throughout Western Australia.

    “There are 767 Government schools, 30,000 employees and more than 260,000 students,” Mr Barnett said.

    “The education system caters for kindergarten students through to Year 12 and the schools range from big senior high schools with 1700 students to small schools in remote Aboriginal communities with sometimes only as many as 10 students.

    “Western Australia’s system requires a great deal of understanding and the director general has a huge responsibility.

    “I am confident Peter Browne has the background and expertise to do the job. He is certainly well-equipped for the task.”

    Mr Barnett said Mr Browne’s professional experience in education over many years included teaching in both city and country primary and high schools.

    He said Mr Browne was the founding principal of the Cunderdin Agricultural College, superintendent of the Esperance District, Executive Director of Schools, Executive Director to the Minister for Education and Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Education Services before becoming the Acting Director General of Education.

    “Mr Browne strongly supports the work of schools and regular school visits mark his leadership style,” Mr Barnett said.

    “He visits an average of three school communities a week and is strongly committed to parent and community involvement in school activities - he also maintains regular formal and informal contact with parent bodies.”

    Mr Barnett said Mr Browne was educated at primary school in the Goldfields, Scotch College, Graylands Teachers’ College and Curtin University.

    He was a Rotary Scholar to the United States and represented Australia at the International Development Program Malaysian Australian Education Colloquium in Kuala Lumpur.

    A Justice of the Peace, Mr Browne is chair of the Country High School Hostels Authority and the Public Education Endowment Trust.

    He is also a member of the Senate of the University of Western Australia, Rural and Remote Education Advisory council, Aboriginal Affairs Co-ordinating committee and Australian College of Education.

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