Early childhood education - State care (1.11.2017)

Written on the 1 November 2017

1 November 2017




Southern Metropolitan


My adjournment matter this evening is to the Minister for Education.

Whilst the Andrews government talk a lot about being the Education State, I was very alarmed today to read a tweet from the CEO of Anglicare Victoria, Mr Paul McDonald, who I have great respect for, who said that 70 per cent of young people leaving state care have no education.

This is an absolutely woeful figure that some of our most vulnerable children in state care are leaving having no education.

I think that all government members should be very concerned about that. I note the government has provided a $5.9 million program for keeping kids in schools and keeping them engaged, which is very welcome of course, but these are some of the most vulnerable children, as I have said.

Of course attending school not only provides the education that a child can attain but also socialisation skills and other activities that can be very beneficial to that child's growth and development.

The action I seek is for the minister to outline how the government is going to improve that woeful figure of 70 per cent of these very vulnerable children leaving state care having had no education and what the government is going to do to ensure that those most vulnerable children do actually obtain the education they require and need.

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