NSW Labor Leader Michael Daley and NSW Shadow Minister for Education Jihad Dib announced today that a Daley Labor Government will give every child in NSW the opportunity to learn a second language in primary school.
Michael Daley and Labor will;
- Recruit 100 full time language teachers for NSW schools over the next four years
- Establish a unit within the Department of Education to develop a ten year plan for language education which will make skilling up primary school teachers who speak a second language and community language school teachers in language tuition its first order of business.
- Work with universities across NSW to increase the number of courses which provide a recognised specialisation as a language teacher for primary school students
- Increase funding to community language schools by $70 per child, so they can expand their important work in teaching non English languages in their communities
Mr Daley said “We know learning a second language delivers real benefits for children.
“It gives them access to career opportunities, improves literacy in English, improves communication skills and teaches our kids about other cultures.
“NSW is falling behind in language education at a time when our state’s economy is more connected than ever with those of our neighbours. Language education isn’t just important for our kids, it’s vital for our economy.”
NSW Shadow Education Minister Jihad Dib said: “Labor will increase the number of language teachers in our schools by working with universities across NSW to make more courses which provide recognised specialisation as a language teacher for primary school students.
“Labor will also support multicultural communities across NSW by increasing funding for community language schools by $70 per child. We understand the importance of good language tuition across those communities, and we’ll make it easier for those who are current community language school teachers to help teach languages in our primary schools.”