New education minister welcomed

Tuesday, 07 June, 2022

New education minister welcomed

The appointment of Jason Clare as federal Minister for Education has been welcomed by the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA).

“Minister Clare’s biography highlights that his belief in Australia’s education system as ‘the most powerful cause for good in this country’ was a key driver of his entry into politics,” said Beth Blackwood, AHISA CEO.

“Educators are also motivated by the difference they can make in the lives of their students, and we look forward to working with the new minister.”

Blackwood said issues of interest to schools were covered by several ministerial portfolios and assistant ministerial appointments.

“We welcome Dr Anne Aly to the dual roles of Minister for Early Childhood Education and Minister for Youth,” Blackwood said.

“These are two pivotal roles in influencing the life trajectories of children and young people in Australia. Given the increased incidence of mental health issues of young people since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope the appointment of Emma McBride as Assistant Minister for Mental Health will support Dr Aly in addressing these issues.”

Blackwood said schools will also be looking to Brendan O’Connor in his role as Minister for Skills and Training to acknowledge the role schools play in VET delivery and in creating multiple pathways for students into further education and training.

“We are also hopeful that the appointment of Senator Anthony Chisholm to the dual roles of Assistant Minister for Education and Assistant Minister for Regional Development will assist the Regional Education Commissioner to improve the educational opportunities for regional and remote students,” Blackwood said.

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