Queensland students offered Indigenous Studies PDF Print E-mail

The initiative was announced recently in a joint statement from Queensland Premier Peter Beattie and the State Minister for Education Anna Bligh.

More than 19 Queensland Secondary schools are offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies for the first time to Year 11 and 12 students this year.

 

Mr Beattie said it was the first time any Queensland senior school student could use a mainstream Indigenous subject towards meeting the tertiary entrance requirements.

"This is a subject for all students, not just indigenous students.Any Queensland high school can choose to incorporate the subject into its own curriculum offerings. Schools have been able to select the content of the syllabus according to their local indigenous community."

Ms Bligh said the syllabus had been trialled extensively last year and would be available to all schools from this year. Almost 300 students in 19 schools took part in the trial.

"Students' achievements in the subject will be able to be used in the calculation of Overall Positions (OP) and Field Positions (FP) for tertiary entrance," she said.

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have been widely consulted in the development of this subject and will continue to be heavily involved in school programs.

"Traditional curriculum, in the past, has generally tended to present only the knowledge and values of mainstream culture to the exclusion of Australia's first inhabitants."

The new syllabus would break new ground and redress that imbalance.