APESMA has welcomed the Government’s response to the Gonski Review released today and urged all parties to quickly settle on new funding agreements to boost the nation’s skills in science and maths.
APESMA supports the Government’s ambition to boost Australia’s education system into the world’s top five schools systems for maths, science and reading.
CEO of APESMA Chris Walton said APESMA had urged the government to invest more into the teaching of science and maths during the recent Senate inquiry into the shortage of engineering skills.
“Australia’s economy directly relies on a having a well-educated, innovative workforce,” Mr Walton said.
“In particular we need Australians who know how to innovate thanks to their education in science and maths.
“We call on all governments and political parties to show their commitment to Australia’s economic future by rapidly increasing the funding of science and maths at schools across Australia.”
Mr Walton said while funding for the announcements made today was vitally important, Australia also needed to do more to excite young students about the power of science and maths.
“To achieve our potential we need to not only fund the teaching of science and maths, we need to actively nurture the quest for knowledge in these fields,” Mr Walton said.
“Science and maths are powerful disciplines that help us solve the impossibly difficult problems we face now and will face into the future. That’s why we must return the excitement and passion for these disciplines to our classrooms from prep to year 12.
“Right now we are facing a general shortage of skilled engineers and until we encourage more schoolkids to not just study, but love the science and maths behind engineering we will never reach our potential.
“To reach the Prime Minister’s targets we need to find new ways of getting Australian kids excited about science. The experts tell us that the best way to do that is by showing kids how science and maths solves problems in the real world. Kids should be shown the great ways engineering uses both science and maths to deliver renewable energy, put robotic explorers on other planets, and medical breakthroughs like the bionic eye.
Mr Walton said Australia was losing its edge in science and engineering compared to other OECD nations.