RDA Orana backs professor’s education recommendations

Regional Development Australia Orana chair John Walkom.
Regional Development Australia Orana chair John Walkom.

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana chair John Walkom says a recent report outlines a need for work to be done to bridge the gap between regional and city education.

The report by Emeritus Professor John Halsey from Flinders University includes 11 recommendations aimed at improving the education of country students.

Mr Walkom said the report clearly addressed the gaps between education outcomes in the city and the bush.

“It is clear that our kids are not getting the same opportunities as their city cousins and, without the right educational supports, our rural communities will suffer,” Mr Walkom said.

“Professor Halsey has recommended an expansion of the availability, affordability and accessibility of high quality work experience placements, VET, dual VET/university options and associate degree programs,” Mr Walkom said. “These actions link directly to the results of a skills audit we will be releasing later this month.”