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date:Feb 06,2013 source:互联网 editorial staff:linan clicks:

Ei Study update: February 3, 2013
 
A CENTRAL coast high school has become the first in NSW to enter a formal partnership with a mining company in a bid to boost the quality of the workforce.
 
Narara Valley High will tweak parts of its curriculum for years 7 to 10 to have school leavers better equipped for the booming coal industry.
 
Hunter Valley-based Nucoal Resources, which owns the controversial Doyles Creek training mine - the licence for which is subject of the Ian Macdonald-Eddie Obeid inquiry at the Independent Commission Against Corruption - will sink tens of thousands of dollars into the formation of a Mining Academy of Education at Narara, near Gosford, Ei Study update.
 
Nucoal's director of training, Maree Roberts, a former Education Department executive for the Hunter and central coast, said mining companies had been concerned for some time about the numeracy skills of school leavers.
 
She said the area had a large percentage of maths teachers who had trained in other subjects. As a result, Nucoal would provide coaching and mentoring for teachers when the academy begins midyear.
 
Science and maths classes would have a greater focus on mining.
For instance, a class on global trade would use the example of coal exports rather than the traditional wool trade.
Students would also be taught the key mining concept of yield per tonne.
 
Ms Roberts said about 40 Queensland schools had partnered with mining companies as part of the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy, Ei Study update.
 
The principal of Narara High, Andrew Eastcott, said the program would give some students a better chance of finding base-level mining jobs but would also give gifted students a focus for a career in engineering or geology.
 
''It will provide motivation for the top academic kids and allow them to set some goals early,'' he said.
 
If the Mining Academy of Education concept is successful at Narara, Nucoal plans to expand it to other schools in the Hunter and central coast.

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