Passionate and idealistic young teacher Dennis Roeder, who has recently acquired his Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney in his native country of Australia, looks forward to a career in primary education in his own New South Wales. Roeder feels a special affinity for the second and third grades, and while the number of schools in Australia which combine both primary and secondary students has gradually grown, schools which enroll only primary or only secondary students have declined.
In Australia public education from 2000 to 2010, the student to teacher ratio fell, especially in primary schools, where the numbers went from 17.4 to 15.8, while the number of enrolled students increased by 7%. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students increased by 50% during this time, to 163,000, which is a combination of an actual increase in these students’ enrollment and an improvement in data collection of students who are more likely to identify themselves in these demographics. Dennis Roeder’s success as a primary school teacher will have a direct impact on the retention rate of students, as the level of student engagement directly affects their participation in school, their continued enrollment in school and their rate of progress through the system. The Building the Education Revolution program is committed to increasing funding for education throughout Australia. Government expenditure on education increased markedly between 2008 and 2010, from $5.5 billion to $11.1 billion. Roeder’s native Australian government is currently working to support his profession overall in his home country.
Australian teacher Dennis Roeder is poised to embark upon his life’s dream: teaching primary school students in the Australian school system. Roeder’s duties will be many as a primary school teacher, and not all of his duties will be in instruction. Grants from the Australian and state and territorial governments are the primary source of school funding, but are not the only places from which funds are derived. Roeder may also have to track and record funding which comes in from the sale of services, such as the fees for tuition and materials which may be levied by the individual territorial schools. Dennis Roeder may also need to be cognizant and punctilious of donations and investment returns which are part of the general fund of his school. Although tuition is free in government schools, fees which cover such diverse items as personal educational materials like textbooks and art supplies may be levied. Schools may also solicit contributions from parents, both in government supported schools and non-government facilities. Non-government schools may charge a variety of fees for textbooks, subject materials and as support for extra-curricular activities of students. Vocational training often charges fees for courses, tuition and materials. Adult and community education courses also are often fee-based.