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APPARENT RETENTION RATES
In 2002 the apparent retention rate of full-time school students from Year 7/8 to Year 12 was 75.1% compared to 73.4% in 2001 and 77.1% in 1992. As in previous years, the apparent retention rate for females (80.7%) was significantly higher than the rate for males (69.8%).
Over the last decade the apparent retention rate from Year 10 to Year 12 decreased slightly from 78.6% in 1992 to 77.0% in 2002, with the rate for females in 2002 again being considerably higher than that for males (81.7% and 72.4% 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 80.6% in 1997 to 86.4% in 2002, and the rate to Year 12 increased from 30.9% to 38.0%.
There were 225,353 full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching staff in 2002, 152,982 at government schools and 72,371 at non-government schools. This was an overall increase of 1.4% from the previous year.
The number of FTE teaching staff in government schools increased by 5.1% since 1997 compared to a 17.6% growth in the non-government sector. In the year to 2002, government FTE school teacher numbers increased by 0.3% and non-government FTE school teacher numbers grew by 3.7%.
The proportion of FTE teaching staff who are female continues to rise - in 2002, 67.3% of all FTE teachers were female. The figure was 79.1% in primary schools and 55.1% in secondary schools. The comparable figures in 1997 were 65.0%, 76.9% and 53.1% respectively.
Overall, the average number of FTE primary school students per FTE teacher was 16.9. In the government sector the average was 16.7 and in non-government schools it was 17.3. The equivalent figure for secondary schools was 12.5, with an average of 12.6 in government schools and 12.3 in non-government schools.
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