Christopher Pyne
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Student demand driving courses is working out well

STUDENTS are deciding what they will study, not the government, and the deal appears to be paying off.

In 2012, the Federal Government up-ended how bachelor degrees were offered - it would now be driven by student demand, not the amount of places offered.

A review of the system launched by Education Minister Christopher Pyne has shown the reform to be remarkably successful.

Compared to 2009, there were 100,000 more students studying at a bachelor level by 2013.

Reviewers are now pushing for an end to targets for low socio-economic students and extending the system to TAFEs.

If embraced, the 17 recommendations could create major changes in both TAFEs and universities throughout regional Queensland and New South Wales.

Mr Pyne said the government would now consider the findings.


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