MEMBER for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has encouraged educators and parents of school children to take an active role in the current review of regulations in the Education and Training Reform Act 2007.
Mr Walsh said he was very concerned the Victorian Government had released the paper for comment a few days before Christmas when media coverage was limited.
‘‘I don’t think many people outside the government would even be aware of this review,’’ he said.
Mr Walsh said the consultation was the first step in introducing some significant change and it was critically important educators and parents were informed and involved at this stage of the process.
He said the draft regulations covered a wide range of areas including regulations around home schooling, school bus programs,and how school councils and parent clubs are run.
‘‘I encourage parents and educators to read the consultation paper carefully and make a submission in areas of interest,’’ Mr Walsh said.
‘‘It is important that all families educating their children in country settings have a say in how education is regulated in this state, and inform the final design and implementation of the new regulations with their experiences and common sense.’’
The public consultation period will close on February 28.
The proposed changes can be viewed at www.education.vic.gov.au