Pallavi Singhal

Reporter and social media assistant at The Sydney Morning Herald

"Only someone who is very committed to early education would choose to work there for less money and longer hours than a ...

The teachers paid less than carpenters

Australia is lagging significantly behind other OECD countries when it comes to the number of three-year-olds enrolled in high-quality preschool programs, and preschool leaders say a big part of the problem is low pay for early education teachers.

Hekmat Alqus Hanna, a 50-year-old refugee from Iraq, is doing his HSC this year. "I have to become a doctor again ...

The 50-year-old HSC student

Hekmat Alqus Hanna is the oldest student taking the exams this year. A humanitarian refugee from Iraq, he is determined to be a doctor again.

Nearly 56 per cent of commencing bachelor degree students were admitted based on criteria other than ATAR in 2015.

The students most likely to drop out of university

More than half of all students starting a bachelor degree at an Australian university are now admitted on a basis other than their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), despite this cohort having one of the highest dropout rates.