New data has revealed that almost one third of Victorian students are failing to meet basic standards in English and maths.
The concerning NAPLAN results follow the Andrews Government’s backflips on both its planned cut of 117 specialist teachers for students with disabilities and its decision to hit Andale School, one of Victoria’s smallest specialist schools, with its new Schools Tax.
Shadow Minister for Education, Matt Bach, said that Natalie Hutchins wants an A+ for her performance as Education Minister when she really deserves an F because she continues to fail Victorian students.
“Following years of interrupted learning, Victorian students and families need certainty and greater support, not cuts and higher taxes from a government that has sent our state broke,” Mr Bach said.
“Taxing specialist schools and cutting disability support teachers is not the path to better education outcomes.”
Shadow Minister for Disability and Aged Care, Tim Bull, said cuts to the visiting teacher service should never have occurred in the first place.
“All it achieved was to cause high levels of stress and anxiety in the disability community that they should not have had to experience and endure,” Mr Bull said.