Educational outcomes will be one of the major focus points of a parliamentary inquiry reviewing Victoria’s state education system.
State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, commended his Nationals’ colleague and Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath, for her role in establishing the inquiry.
“As Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Education and a former teacher, Ms Bath has been integral in bringing this important state-wide issue to the fore.
“This inquiry will serve Victorian students, educators and school communities in examining not only the issues impacting educational outcomes through student learning and disengagement, but also improve professional support and teacher retention within the education system which is vital after the challenges of the pandemic,” Mr Bull said.
Mr Bull is urging everyone to have their say with submissions open now.
“It has been a long time – in fact almost 20 years – since there was a deep dive into the education system in this Victorian Parliament,” he said.
“The breadth of this inquiry really focuses on student learning outcomes, well-being, mental health and engagement.
“It is essential to unpack the issues in terms of listening to people in the field – teachers, principals, school leaders, school councils and parents and students.”
Ms Bath is also calling for an inquiry hearing to be held in Gippsland so that contributors are not burdened to travel to Melbourne, in order to have their say.
Public submissions to the inquiry close on Friday 13 October 2023. A report to parliament with findings and recommendations for government is due by 25 June 2024.