Aboriginals lag behind

28th May 2010 at 01:00

Aboriginal pupils in Australia are trailing their mainstream counterparts by six years, analysis of their performance in national literacy and numeracy tests has shown. A report from a right-wing think- tank, the Centre of Independent Studies, ranked the performance of 9,500 primary and secondary schools across Australia and found the bottom 150 schools were filled with mostly indigenous students. Of the Aboriginal students who sat the tests, 40 per cent failed to meet national minimum standards - mirroring the 40 per cent of indigenous families who are on benefits.

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