Education Data: how many are heading back to school?


More school lunches are being packed and more uniforms are being ironed as school goes back this week according to the latest census data.

More preschoolers are going to school than before and more people have non-school qualifications in the Dubbo Regional Local Government Area.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has compared education qualifications between the two most recent census and there is an incline for 15 year-old to 19 year-old students who are studying or are balancing work and study.

According to the latest census, Dubbo youths are mostly studying, with 37.45 per cent 15 year-old to 19 year-old students saying they study only.

Just over 20 per cent of respondents said they are studying full-time and working part time, only 8.9 per cent of respondents said they were working full-time and not studying at all.

The amount of people in the Dubbo Region who have higher education qualifications has also increased from 52.4 per cent of people in 2011 to 58.4 per cent of people in the most recent census. 23.5 per cent of people have a certificate and 10.2 percent of people have bachelor degrees.

More people are seeing out school, with most people over the age 15 coming out with a year 12 certificate. 36.8 per cent of people said they completed year 12 or equivalent, 29.9 per cent of people completed year 10 or equivalent, 0.3 per cent of people said they did not go to school..

At the other end of schooling, the number of children being enrolled in preschool has increased every year between 2016 and 2018.

Most of these students attend preschool for more than 15 hours a week.