Budget Increase For NTCET

Budget Increase For NTCET

Northern Territory Minister for Education Peter Chandler

Big Boost For NTCET

Victor P Taffa

Senior secondary students across the Northern Territory will benefit from a modernised approach to NTCET (Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training) assessment.

As part of South Australia’s 2016-17 Budget, $10.6 Million will be invested over a five year period to modernise the delivery of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Minister for Education Peter Chandler said the change will positively impact Year 11 and 12 students undertaking the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET), as the NTCET and SACE are one and the same certificate.

“Continuing to evolve the way in which education is delivered will only add to increasing the number of students completing their NTCET, an area where the Country Liberal Government is already seeing results. Something that our government is committed to working with students and their families to achieve.” Mr. Chandler said.

The improvements include transitioning to electronic exams and assessments, reflecting the way students already learn in the classroom and reducing the cost and administrative burden of the current paper-based system.

The first on screen exam will be Year 12 English Literary Studies in 2018, with a further seven subjects introduced by 2020.

The Northern Territory Government will continue to work closely with the SACE Board to ensure young Territorians have access to the highest quality and most equitable senior secondary qualification in Australia.

“Completing an NTCET is a lot more than just achieving high grades, it is the ticket to a more prosperous life. Statistics shows that students who complete a Year 12 certificate will have the skills to get a job, run a family, manage a budget, and have a much greater life expectancy.” Mr. Chandler said.

In 2015, 1,338 Northern Territory Year 12 students received their Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET), the highest number of students in the history of the NTCET and an increase of 21 students from last year and 300 students compared to 2010.

“In the bush or the city only the Country Liberals Government is committed to providing students across the Territory every opportunity at accessing a strong and comprehensive curriculum, ensuring great educational outcomes.” Mr. Chandler said.