Finding specialist STEM teachers a challenge for Sunraysia schools

Chaffey Secondary College science teacher Susanne Pendock says retaining science, technology and mathematics teachers is almost as hard as attracting GPs. 
Picture: Louise Barker

Chaffey Secondary College science teacher Susanne Pendock says retaining science, technology and mathematics teachers is almost as hard as attracting GPs. Picture: Louise Barker

ATTRACTING specialist science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers to Mildura is difficult and more training in STEM advancement is needed, according to local secondary colleges.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birm­ingham told the Australian Science Teachers Association this week it was “unacceptable that secondary school students are taught science or maths subjects by people without specialist skills”.

Mr Birmingham called for an increase in specialist STEM skilled teachers in Aust­ralian secondary schools and urged universities to reintroduce maths and science as admission prerequisites as well as English.

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