Minister Welcomes New Teachers To The Profession

Minister Welcomes New Teachers To The Profession

Victoria Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall

Victoria Minister Responsible for the Teaching Profession Peter Hall

Graduate Teachers On The Increase

Victor P Taffa

Minister for the Teaching Profession Peter Hall today congratulated the 4,200 people who graduated as teachers in 2010, an increase of nearly 400 on the previous year.

Visiting Montmorency Secondary College to meet Seven Graduate Teachers who will begin teaching when school starts this week, Mr. Hall said it was pleasing to see an increasing number of people choosing a career in Teaching.

“I am also delighted to see mature Graduates entering the Profession after making a career change. They bring to the profession a diverse range of skills and experiences that enrich their teaching abilities.” Mr. Hall said.

Mr. Hall said he remained committed to reducing the number of teachers on short-term contracts in Victoria to ensure there was greater certainty in the workplace.

“Short-term contracts have their place but we also need to ensure graduating teachers can look forward to permanent work where possible.” Mr. Hall said.

“Teaching is a challenging but rewarding profession with the capacity to change young people’s lives. Many of us can remember an inspirational teacher who has had a positive impact on our lives.”

Mr. Hall said it was heartening to see so many bright and enthusiastic professionals embracing the challenge of teaching and looking to make a difference.

“Teachers, principals and staff are the backbone of the education system and their ongoing dedication will ensure Victoria’s education system is world class.” Mr. Hall said.

“That is why the Coalition Government has created a ministry dedicated to the Teaching Profession.” Mr. Hall said.

Graduate Teacher Statistics:

  • Graduate teachers registered in 2009: 3,818
  • Graduate teachers registered in 2010: 4,196;
  • Total Teachers in Victorian Government Schools: more than 40,300