THE FUTURE school could see the week cut to three days as growing number of students are taught in shifts, according to an education expert.
Victoria faces an education boom with an extra 50,000 students predicted to enrol over just eight years.
Deakin University associate professor of digital learning, Tom Apperley, said ballooning numbers might send students online.
He said schools could introduce shifts — rotating students through fewer classroom lessons and offering top-up education online, reports The Mercury.
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“In 20 or 30 years, school won’t be an everyday affair,” he said.
“As state-funded schools continue to grow, they might only offer a student three or fours days a week. Or they might just go to offering half-days and shifts for students.
“Digital infrastructure will take the pressure off our physical infrastructure.”
Education experts also predict schools would stop teaching maths, science, reading and music as individual lessons.
Instead, project-based learning would combine multiple areas of the curriculum.
“The traditional classroom of 25 tables all facing the front with one teacher is a stark contrast to the possibilities the future offers.”
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