This is pretty dumb. Teaching has long been known as an option of last resort for high school graduates. Getting the brighter graduates with more options into it is going to be a rarity.
It seems, though, that you only have to do a teaching degree to get the money. You are not obliged actually to teach. That might attract some takers. A teaching degree is notorious for low standards but it is probably no more futile than an Arts degree.
Some jobs (mainly in the government) require ANY degree. That's where Arts graduates go at the momnent. A teaching degree could end up the same
Anthony Albanese will on Monday announce the $146.5m plan, saying the incentives will lead to a “brighter future” for students and the nation.
“We want to make sure our kids get the best education they can,” the opposition leader said.
“That means we have to make sure they get the best quality teaching.”
If elected, 1000 students a year who obtain an ATAR of 80 or above will get $10,000 to study an education degree.
They would also get a bonus $2000 if they complete their placements at regional public schools.
Graduates who cash in could reap almost $50,000 over the course of their degree, typically four years, to spend how they please.
Only 3.3 per cent of students with an ATAR over 80 choose to study teaching.
The five-year scheme aims to double the number of high achievers becoming teachers to 3600 a year over the next decade.
Labor’s education spokeswoman, Tanya Plibersek, said lifting teaching standards would help stop the slide in students’ results.
“I want students competing to get into teaching like they do to get into medicine or law,” Ms Plibersek said.
“If we want a better future in Australia, we need a smart, skilled workforce so we can compete for jobs and growth with our neighbours.”