The NSW government has set a target to increase the percentage of 25 to 34 year olds in that state who hold a bachelor degree to 44 per cent by 2025, higher than the federal government’s target of 40 per cent. It is recognised this is a substantial challenge. If the aim is to be realised, almost half of the students in Year 7 this year will need to be prepared to enter and successfully complete a higher education qualification, the state’s tertiary education plan said. The recently released plan also pledged to increase enrolments in higher education in NSW by students from low socio-economic backgrounds to 20 per cent by 2020. Other commitments include better links between schools and universities to life participation and attainment.
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