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APPARENT RETENTION RATES
In 2004 the apparent retention rate of full-time school students from Year 7/8 to Year 12 was 75.7% compared to 75.4% in 2003 and 74.6% in 1994. As in previous years, the apparent retention rate for females (81.2%) was significantly higher than the rate for males (70.4%).
Over the last decade the apparent retention rate from Year 10 to Year 12 increased slightly from 75.3% in 1994 to 77.1% in 2004. The Year 10 to Year 12 rate for females in 2004 was again considerably higher than that for males (82.1% and 72.3% respectively).
Apparent retention rates for Indigenous full-time 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 82.0% in 1999 to 86.4% in 2004, and the rate to Year 12 increased from 34.7% to 39.5%. These Indigenous retention rates are still lower than the comparable rates for non-Indigenous students. In 2004, the rate to Year 10 for non-Indigenous school students was 98.5%, while the rate to Year 12 was 76.8%.
There were 233,065 full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching staff in 2004, 156,156 at government schools and 76,910 at non-government schools. This was an overall increase of 1.5% from the previous year.
The number of FTE teaching staff in government schools has increased by 3.8% since 1999 compared to 17.9% in the non-government sector. In the year to August 2004, government FTE school teacher numbers increased by 0.8% and non-government FTE school teacher numbers grew by 3.0%.
The proportion of FTE teaching staff who are female continues to rise — in 2004, 67.7% of all FTE teachers were female. The figure was 79.4% in primary schools and 55.6% in secondary schools. The comparable figures in 1999 were 66.1%, 78.0% and 54.1% respectively.
Overall, the average number of FTE primary school students per FTE teacher was 16.4. In government schools the average was 16.2 and in non-government schools it was 16.9. The equivalent figure for secondary schools was 12.3, with an average of 12.4 in government schools and 12.0 in non-government schools.
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