Shadow Minister for Education, Natasha Fyles, today called on the CLP Government to ensure that Territory students do not miss out on science education engagement and interaction given the reduction in CSIRO Education programs.
"Federal budget cuts to CSIRO science education and outreach programs that target the Territory, mean hands-on science programs will no longer be delivered to school age students from the NT Education Centre," Ms Fyles said.
"Territory students should not have to miss out."
Ms Fyles said engaging students in science education can play an important part in the Territory's future.
"Science education will play an important part in the future of the Territory," Ms Fyles said.
"Under the former Labor Government, science education was boosted with the establishment of the North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas, in partnership with the Charles Darwin, to train Territory students in this growing science-based industry.
"It is important to foster Territory student’s interest in science through programs like those offered at the CSIRO Education Centre.
"Hands-on science is effective in sparking interest in science, which can be the first step in a young Territorian's pathway to a career in research and development.
"This pathway should not be stymied because of liberal budget cuts.
“Mr Chandler committed, during estimates, to lobbying Federal Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, to ensure the CSIRO program stays in the Territory but has failed to deliver an outcome for Territory students.
"The CLP Government needs to ensure that Territory students have access to the same federally-funded education opportunities provided to interstate students."
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