1344.8.55.001 - ACT Stats, 2007
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/06/2007 Ceased
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ACT schools continue to keep more students to year 12 than the rest of Australia's schools, according to a report released today from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
In 2006, ACT schools had the highest retention rate for years 7-12, at 89%, compared to the national average of 75%. The ACT has had the highest rate every year for the last ten years.
Government schools have the majority of students (59% or 35,076 students), however this is 12% fewer than in 1996. Non-government schools have seen a 14% increase in student numbers since 1996.
There were 139 schools in the ACT as at August 2006; 95 government and 44 non-government.
Government primary and secondary schools in the ACT had fewer students per full time equivalent (FTE) teacher than non-government schools.
Government primary schools had 13.8 students per FTE teacher - two students less than the national average; non-government primary schools had 17.5 students per teacher, the highest student/teacher ratio in Australia.
Government secondary schools had 11.9 students per FTE teacher; non-government had 12.8.
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