The Nationals and Shadow Assistant Minister for Education have called for the Labor Government to adopt their common-sense plan to ensure Victorian students have a safe and stable return to the classroom in Term 1.
Mr McCurdy said, “over the past two years students across the Ovens Valley electorate and Victoria have suffered tremendously from the ramifications and impacts of Covid.
“Face to face learning is essential for students wellbeing, emotional and academic development, and after years of online learning, there’s nothing better than face to face interaction with their teachers and peers.”
The Nationals and Liberals new common-sense plan includes:
- A guarantee that schools will not be locked down;
- Free rapid tests for all students and staff with vaccinations made easily available;
- Ensuring all classrooms are equipped with air purifiers; and
- A plan to manage staff shortages and ensure continuity of learning.
He added, “after eight consecutively-disrupted school terms – delaying the start of the school year in 2022 is not an option.
“This comprehensive plan aims to not only get our kids back to the classroom but ensure that they can stay there for the duration of 2022 and onwards.
“It’s time the Victorian Government adopts a plan that aims to get our kids educational, social and mental development on track.”