Indigenous education strategy failing remote communities

Indigenous education strategy failing remote communities
A game of football being played on country. Credit: Wayne Quilliam

A policy of remote Indigenous students boarding ‘off country’ to advance their education opportunities is having the reverse effect.

The findings came in a major report, the first of its kind and led by Dr. Marnie O’Bryan and Dr. William Fogarty from the Center for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at The Australian National University (ANU), examined the educational outcomes of young people from a remote community in the Northern Territory over 10 years.

Worryingly, it found large numbers of high school students dropping out in their early teens, very low literacy levels, no high schools for them to attend and no educational alternatives.

The study found remote-living young people had no option but to leave home and attend boarding schools away from their communities for their secondary education.

The majority of students dropped out in years seven and

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