Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli and Member for Lismore Thomas George today met a teacher who will be leading the way to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) teaching at Kadina High Campus, The Rivers Secondary College.

Mr Matthew Rose, a PE teacher, has been awarded a STEM education scholarship and is retraining to become a mathematics specialist. Recipients benefit from a $5,000 study grant, study leave and a guaranteed permanent teaching position upon completion.

This year 73 scholarships have been awarded as part of a STEM focus in NSW schools.

The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has committed to provide the opportunity for 320 public school teachers to retrain as specialists in maths and science over four years.

“STEM in schools is essential to ensuring our young people have the skills needed in the ever-changing modern workforce,” Mr Piccoli said.

“Developing the relevant teaching skills is central to this aim, and I am delighted to see teachers like Mr Rose taking up this opportunity.”

The scholarships are part of the NSW Government’s focus on STEM studies, where students are encouraged to pursue STEM subjects. This includes:

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals have committed to prepare students for future jobs in the state’s fastest-growing occupations,” Mr George said.

After visiting Kadina High Campus, Mr Piccoli and Mr George will attend the ANZAC assembly and ceremony at Tregeagle Public School.

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