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Concerns sparked over Adult Migrant English Program funding

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Published 12 May 2022 at 11:16am
By Peta Doherty
Presented by Jasdeep Kaur
Source: SBS

The Adult Migrant English Program provides tens of thousands of new arrivals with the language skills to enter the workforce. But plans to change the funding of program next year to a model that would link payments to academic outcomes have sparked concern.


Published 12 May 2022 at 11:16am
By Peta Doherty
Presented by Jasdeep Kaur
Source: SBS


From last year, the five-year window on enrollment has been abolished and the 510-hour cap on free tuition is removed. Students now have an unlimited time to complete the program.

But Under the Coalition’s plans to restructure funding, provider payments are to be linked to academic outcomes, such as unit completion and assessment.

Helen Moore is Vice President of the Australian Council of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Association.

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She says teachers will be pressured to pass students who haven’t met standards.

The Refugee Council of Australia says it welcomes the changes.

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