Prioritise Victorian Students

Prioritise Victorian Students

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Aakriti Malhotra started this petition to Australian Students and

Victorian students have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, with the last 18 months proving to be the most challenging and disruptive period for us. With restricted  access to social support networks, and schools closed, our mental, social, emotional, and in many cases, physical health has deteriorated, translating into a mental health crisis across the state. 

The government assures us that "there is support out there", and that final year students will receive results that reflect us and our abilities. But what’s missing from this message is how far the Victorian Andrews’ government will go to provide the (extraordinary) support that students and young people need right now.  

We understand that returning to school comes with a risk. But schools provide a sense of belonging and security for us students. Getting students back to on-site school is crucial

We understand that there is no "one size fits all" approach, but what’s happening now is not working for students either. 

Students understand that end-of-year exams are important to attempt to create equity amongst students in an inequitable system, but now is the time to think creatively and boldly.

So on behalf of Victorian students, VicSRC appeals to the Victorian government to consider the following recommendations:

  1. Two state-wide mental health days for schools to ensure every student and educator has an opportunity to focus on self care and prioritise their well being.
  2. Return to school term 4: Year 12 students and at risk/vulnerable/essential worker students return to school immediately. Other year levels attend as a cohort for one or two days per week to focus on engagement, wellbeing and connecting back to schools as a place of learning and belonging. 
  3. Change the year 12 exams to give students a choice based on areas of study (such as in further maths). Students choose a smaller number of areas of study to be assessed on from the whole subject to reduce the revision and allowing them to focus their learning.

Acting on these proposals will show that the Victorian government is dedicated to improving student experiences. It will relieve some of the intense pressure faced by students across the state, and assure us that the government's messages were not token. 

Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce. We are the future of Victoria. The government must ensure that we not just survive school, but are equipped and supported to thrive, so that us students can support our community and the economy over the next decade and beyond. 

Circumstances are unprecedented. So should be the outcomes.

On behalf of Victorian students,                                                                         VicSRC (Victorian Student Representative Council)

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