Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Provide Malayalam as a VCE subject
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that the Malayalam language, despite being a popular Indian language in Victoria, is not offered as a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subject.

The Indian population has exponentially grown in Australia. According to the 2016 Census, Malayalam is the third most common Indian language in Australia, behind Punjabi and Hindi. Malayalam has received ‘Shresta Bhasha’, great classical language status, a prestigious title awarded by the Indian Government for its rich heritage of more than 2000 years. About 25,000 Victorians speak Malayalam. Malayali people are among the highly skilled Victorian Indian community that positively contribute to the wider community and economy.

The Victorian School of Languages (VSL) is offering Malayalam language study from Foundation to Year 10 through eight teaching centres. Many VSL students would like to continue learning Malayalam at an advanced level, however the students are forced to abandon their studies after Year 10, as Malayalam is not offered as a VCE subject. Including Malayalam as a VCE subject would benefit a large number of students, furthering their knowledge, broadening their language skills and enhancing their overall VCE results.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to provide approval and funding for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority accreditation of Malayalam as a Victorian Certificate of Education subject.
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