More SA schools to welcome Year 7s in 2020

Three more SA schools will welcome Year 7s in 2020, ahead of a statewide switch in 2022.
Three more SA schools will welcome Year 7s in 2020, ahead of a statewide switch in 2022.

Three more South Australian high schools will welcome Year 7 students for the first time in 2020, ahead of a statewide transition scheduled for 2022.

SA Education Minister John Gardner says 350 students will be part of pilot programs at Mitcham Girls High School, Wirreanda Secondary School and John Pirie Secondary School.

Year 7 has traditionally been taught in SA primary schools, but a number of government schools have already made the switch to include it as part of high school education.

It is hoped these pilot schools will offer insights into the transition process before Year 7 is only taught in high schools from Term 1, 2022.

Additionally, it is expected that all SA schools will be connected to reliable high speed internet by the end of 2020, while construction will also begin on a $1.3 billion capital works program.

Mr Gardner said the works will upgrade schools across the state, boost the economy and create thousands of jobs.

"We are committed to supporting our schools to achieve growth for every child, in every class, in every school, and I encourage every student across the state to embrace the learning opportunities before them," he said.

Returning to school in South Australia this week:

* 275,000 primary and high school students

* Nearly 180,000 in government schools

* 14,000 reception students starting school for the first time

* 12,000 Year 8 students entering high school

* 13,000 Year 12 students starting their last year of high school

Australian Associated Press