Aussie high school students will FINALLY be taught how to budget, do their taxes and keep accounts in the adult world
- NSW Government is rolling out new numeracy course for Year 11 and 12 students
- The course will teach students practical skills like budgeting, account keeping
- Comes in response to students becoming increasingly disengaged from math
High school students will be taught how to do a budget, keep accounts and understand taxes under a new course designed to build practical numeracy skills for life and work.
The NSW Government is rolling out new numeracy classes for years 11 and 12 after finding students were becoming disengaged from mathematics because many believed what they were being taught did not apply to the real world.
Students will also be taught how to analyse a mobile phone contract, read a payslip and how to be financial savvy when shopping.
NSW Year 11 and 12 students will be taught practical life skills like budgeting and record and account keeping under a new numeracy course
NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the numeracy course was aimed at ensuring all students have the necessary support to develop core numeracy and mathematics skills and apply them to everyday life.
The new course follows the success of a pilot program at 198 schools over the last three years, which found increasing participation in mathematics among pupils.
‘Students who have been a part of the pilot course are more engaged in maths by up to 11 percentage points, which is a huge success and will help set them up for the future,’ Ms Mitchell said.
‘We’ve seen increased engagement particularly from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, students in rural and remote areas and students studying vocational education and training courses.
The new numeracy course comes in response to an increasing number of students feeling disengaged with mathematics because they felt it was not teaching them skills that could be applied post-school
‘Those are the results we want to see from the NSW Mathematics Strategy because every child in NSW deserves the opportunity to develop the mathematics skills and understanding necessary to succeed in life and expand their options for post-school pathways.’
While the course can count towards the Higher School Certificate, as it classified as a Content Endorsed Course results are not able to contribute towards the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank.
The numeracy course will be available at all schools from term one next year.