The Closing the Gap report for 2016 was released yesterday, showing important targets around education attainment and attendance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are not being met.
Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer, Troy Coleman, puts the lack of progress on these goals down to a need for more Aboriginal and Islander staff in schools.
"Indigenous staff numbers need to be increased. We need more AIEOs, but we also need more Indigenous Principals, Teachers, Admin staff and especially Indigenous people in leadership positions at the Education Department.
There needs to be a greater spread of Aboriginal people in general, so there is more of our way of doing things out there,” says Troy.
In 2014 the Barnett Government cut over 100 AIEO positions from the education system in WA. A subsequent Productivity Commission report found WA had the lowest literacy outcomes for Aboriginal students of any state in the country.
This is not surprising to Troy.
"Indigenous people in schools are leaders, by removing us it removes many of those positive role models for our young people to aspire to.Read more