Media Release: South West Year 12 graduates gain academic and VET success

Minister for Education, Training and Employment
The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

Media Release: South West Year 12 graduates gain academic and VET success

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek has congratulated the Darling Downs South West class of 2011, whose Year 12 results were released today by the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA).

Mr Langbroek said more than 90 per cent of students in the South West Queensland area received a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), a Vocational Education Training (VET) Certificate, an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) or engaged in a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SAT).

“The figures also show 76 per cent of the region’s 2133 Year 12 state school graduates achieved a Queensland Certificate of Education, and 73 per cent a Vocational Education and Training qualification,” he said.

“This year the report has been presented in a new format so we can see the diversity of achievements for last year’s Year 12 students.

“There’s a broader range of student and school achievement information available, including a breakdown of Overall Position s (OPs) and VET qualifications.

“We can also see the number of students who completed university subjects while at school, gained International Baccalaureate Diplomas or received a VET Diploma, Advanced Diploma or completed a unit from these courses.

“This is about recognising that our schools don’t take a ‘one size fits all’ approach and there are a number of pathways students can take.

“The Newman Government is committed to ensuring all students have access to quality education and training opportunities.

“As the Minister for Education, Training and Employment I’m delighted to see so much more information included in this year’s report and congratulate the class of 2011 on their fantastic achievements.”

Mr Langbroek said the report showed young people were well prepared to make successful transitions from school to work and further study.

“Parents and the community should remember that the report is a snapshot of results beca use a school is more than just a set of numbers, and these results do not rank schools,” he said.

“While many students aspire to go to university, there are also those who want to learn a trade or go to TAFE and a measure of a school’s success is its ability to fulfil these aspirations, regardless of what they are.

Outstanding regional results include:

100 percent of QTAC applicants at Murgon, Oakey, Miles, and Clifton State High Schools received a tertiary offer.
More than 70 percent of students at Clifton, Laidley and Stanthorpe State High Schools were awarded a VET Certificate II or higher.
More than 20 percent of OP eligible students at Kingaroy, Pittsworth and Laidley State High Schools attained an OP of 1-5.
More than 50 percent of OP eligible students at Miles, Centenary Heights, Laidley and Murgon State High Schools attained an OP of 1-10.
More than 80 percent of OP eligible students at Centenary Heights and Murgon State High Schools attained an OP of 1-15.

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