Australia looks towards virtual classrooms
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Stuff.co.nz recently reported that the Victoria state government will resort to using "virtual classrooms" - where multiple schools share the same teacher over the internet - as it may not have enough qualified staff to fulfil its promise to teach every child a second language. Before the last state election, Ted Baillieu promised a languages revival in which every Victorian student up to year 10 would be required to take on a language by 2025, starting with prep in 2015.
But with department figures showing almost 60 per cent of secondary school students do not study a language - and almost a third of primary schools don't offer them - the government concedes it will have to get creative to deliver its goal. Read the full story.