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APPARENT RETENTION RATES
In 2003 the apparent retention rate of full-time school students from Year 7/8 to Year 12 was 75.4% compared to 75.1% in 2002 and 76.6% in 1993. As in previous years, the apparent retention rate for females (80.7%) was significantly higher than the rate for males (70.3%).
Over the last decade the apparent retention rate from Year 10 to Year 12 decreased slightly from 77.5% in 1993 to 76.9% in 2003. The Year 10 to Year 12 rate for females in 2003 was again considerably higher than that for males (81.6% and 72.3% respectively).
Apparent retention rates for full-time Indigenous school students, from Year 7/8 to both Year 10 and Year 12, have continued to rise over the last five years - the rate to Year 10 increased from 83.3% in 1998 to 87.2% in 2003, and the rate to Year 12 increased from 32.1% to 39.1%.
There were 229,575 full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching staff in 2003, 154,872 at government schools and 74,704 at non-government schools. This was an overall increase of 1.8% from the previous year.
The number of FTE teaching staff in government schools increased by 6.1% since 1998 compared to a 18.5% growth in non-government schools. In the year to 2003, government FTE school teacher numbers increased by 1.2% and non-government FTE school teacher numbers grew by 3.2%.
The proportion of FTE teaching staff who are female continues to rise - in 2003, 67.4% of all FTE teachers were female. The figure was 79.1% in primary schools and 55.3% in secondary schools. The comparable figures in 1998 were 65.5%, 77.5% and 53.5% respectively.
Overall, the average number of FTE primary school students per FTE teacher was 16.6. In government schools the average was 16.4 and in non-government schools it was 17.1. The equivalent figure for secondary schools was 12.4, with an average of 12.5 in government schools and 12.1 in non-government schools.
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