University Students Struggling to Pass Teaching Degrees
A new report into the teaching profession has found that the number of students accepted into education courses with ATARs less than 50 has grown fivefold over the past decade. As a result, one in two aspiring teachers are failing to finish their degree within six years. The declining standard of students taking a teaching course has ignited calls from academics that the prerequisite ATAR must rise, but universities say that the Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks for teaching degrees will not rise until the profession is held in higher regard. Professor Rachel Wilson is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher for Education at the University of Sydney, who published the report, and she spoke to us about her findings.