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Victoria weighs more student support as long lockdown ‘tests resolve’

“We know that students learn best when they are at school with their teachers and friends,” said executive director Jim Miles.

“We also encourage everyone in the community who is eligible to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

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Victorian Education Minister James Merlino said: “We want all students, teachers, staff, parents and carers to remember that there is help and support available for everyone – whether that’s with schoolwork, or if this lockdown is challenging for your mental health.”

Mr Merlino also flagged further support for year 12 students, who have had important assessments delayed this year and will each receive special consideration for the disruption caused by COVID-19 and remote learning.

“We know this lockdown extension has brought more uncertainty for students, particularly those in years 11 and 12, around exams, school-based assessments and the GAT – and we’ll have more to say soon to give our students in their crucial last months of school the answers they want,” he said.

Schools in regional Victoria reopened last week while metro school have stayed closed due to COVID infections. The government has rolled out a $250 million tutoring program throughout the pandemic and provided laptops and dongles to students in need.

Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge on Tuesday warned that some students would not catch up from remote learning.

“My message is being that, yes, sometimes we have to close down schools, but it must be done as a very last resort once we’ve fully understood the full cost-benefit analysis of doing so,” he said.

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