EAL Students | Constituency Question

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (12:42): (1527) My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Education, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers and Deputy Premier, the Honourable James Merlino. My question relates to the portfolio responsibilities of education.

The Victorian government is supporting children arriving in Victoria with low levels of English. The children will be supported to learn English and integrate into mainstream schools with the assistance of English as an additional language, EAL, teachers and multicultural education aides. Newly arrived EAL students can access intensive English language programs provided by an English language school or centre or the Victorian School of Languages through the new arrivals program across the government school system.

My question to the minister is: can the minister please provide me with an update on how children with low-level English in the Western Metropolitan Region can take advantage of this great initiative?

The Victorian budget 2021–22 invested $25.2 million in continued support for government students who do not speak English at home to ensure they have the same opportunities as native English speakers.