New South Wales Department of Education

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New South Wales Department of EducationThe New South Wales, Australia Department of Education and Training is a Department of the New South Wales Government which has the responsibility of primary school, secondary schools, and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) schools. The New South Wales Department of Education and Training oversees the provision of pre-school, adult, migrant, and higher education. The Department of Education in New South Wales reports to the Minister of Education and Training.
As of 2010, the position of Minister of Education and Training has been held by Verity Firth. The Australian Labor Party has filled the position of the head of the Department of Education and Training for fifteen years. The New South Wales Department of Education is led by Director-General Michael Coutts Trotter.
The Department of Education in New South Wales has a budget of more that eight billion Australian dollars. The Department of Education in New South Wales deals with more than 2,000 schools and 130 campuses for Technical and Further Education schools. The total enrollment in the New South Wales Department of Education schools is nearly one million students. Funding for the Department of Education and Training represents around 25 percent of the of the State of New South Wales' total budget each year.
Since the Department of Education and Training was established, the head of the Department has had several different titles, including Chairman of the Board of National Education, President of the Council of Education, Minister for Public Instruction, Minister for Education, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Education, Youth Affairs, Employment and Training, and Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, before finally being known as Minister for Education and Training since 1995.


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