Liberals start on Year 12 school pledge

The Liberal government has taken the first steps in its pledge to extend all Tasmanian high schools to Year 12.

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff today announced that he had written to all rural and regional high schools requesting formal expressions of interest in extending their education paths to Year 12.

Mr Rockliff said his government's 7-12 Implementation Plan would see 21 high schools in rural and regional Tasmania extended to Year 12 by 2018, with all high schools extended by the end of 2024.

''We will provide a total of $45.5 million over four years towards extending these initial high schools, this will allow for the employment of up to 105 new teachers and $6 million for capital works,'' Mr Rockliff said.

''Our plan is aimed at improving year 12 completion rates by providing choice for students at danger of dropping out post year 10.

''These are the students who for one reason or another are not making it to college.''

The following schools have been invited to express interest in the first year:

Exeter High School

Bothwell District High School

Campania District High School

Campbell Town District High School

Cressy District High School

King Island District High School

Oatlands District High School

Penguin District School

Triabunna District School

Woodbridge School

Yolla District High School

Cape Barren Island School

Deloraine High School

Dover District High School

Flinders Island District High School

Glenora District High School

Huonville High School

Lilydale District School

Mountain Heights School

Port Dalrymple School

Rosebery District High School

Scottsdale High School

Sheffield School

Smithton High School

St Helens District High School

St Marys District High School

Tasman District School

Winnaleah District High School

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