Cannington: local classrooms turned into science labs to ready students for jobs of the future


Brookman Primary School students Tiahna Websdale, Emma Qua, Braedi Hayden, science teacher Taneal Thompson and Cannington MLA Bill Johnston.
Brookman Primary School students Tiahna Websdale, Emma Qua, Braedi Hayden, science teacher Taneal Thompson and Cannington MLA Bill Johnston.

CLASSROOMS in 100 schools will be turned into science labs in a bid to get students ready for the jobs of the future.

Cannington MLA Bill Johnston said 75 per cent of jobs in the fastest growing industries would require science, technology, economics and maths (STEM) skills and 90 per cent of jobs will need people with digital skills in the next two to five years.

The science lab initiative, announced last week, was an election commitment and the conversions are expected to start next year.

A further 100 schools will be identified in 2019 to be converted over the next two years.

Up to 50 places will be reserved for schools in low socio-economic areas and each of the 200 schools selected will be allocated $25,000 to purchase equipment and resources for their students.

Curtin University’s head of school for Education Karen Murcia says graduates from science, technology, engineering and maths courses at university were declining.

“Children are choosing to not take maths or taking lower maths classes and are opting out of harder sciences like physics and chemistry,” Dr Murcia said.

She said human biology was still very popular in our state and the top five jobs least likely to be automated were some health workers, school teachers and engineers and those in ICT.

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