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Sydney CEO welcomes moves to change anti-discrimination laws


The Catholic Education Office in the Archdiocese of Sydney has applauded a move to change anti-discrimination laws so that teaching scholarships can be offered specifically to male candidates.

Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson has written to Attorney-General Daryl Williams about the proposed legal change.

The Catholic Education Office is appealing against a decision by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission that found offering male only teaching scholarships would breach existing legislation.

Br Kelvin Canavan from the Sydney office says something needs to be done to encourage more men to the sector.

"We have a continuing decline in the number of males in primary schools and in the Catholic sector in New South Wales we are down to just 14 per cent of our teachers are male," he said.

SOURCE
ABC

LINKS
Shortage of male teachers: recruitment tactics (ABC Radio The World Today)
Role call for male teachers . . . is it the answer? (The Australian)
Catholic Education Office Sydney
Catholic Education Commission NSW
Federal Minister for Education
Queensland Union rejects Catholic call for more male teachers (17/3/03)
Male teaching 'bribes' under fire (The Sunday Age)
Sydney CEO seeks review on male teacher ruling (13/3/03)
Editorial: Gender imbalance (Catholic Leader)
Teaching as a vocation (Catholic Leader)
Queensland schools to press ahead on gender balance (6/3/03)
Editorial: Finding ways to train more male teachers (Courier-Mail)
Human Rights Commission rejects Catholic male teacher solution (5/3/03)
Male teachers - Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (Media Release from Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson, 3/3/03)
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission - Notice of inquiry: Application for exemption under Sex Discrimination Act section 44: Catholic Education Office Scholarships for Male Trainee Teachers
Sydney CEO seeking discrimination law exemption (21/11/02)
Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (NSW) | Submission to Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Enquiry
Male teachers drop out of NT schools (Northern Territory News 27/2/03)
Decline in male teachers continues (ABC)
School's in for male teachers (The Mercury 27/2/03))
A minority male makes teaching his primary aim (The Age 4/3/03)


20 May 2003