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Migrant languages in primary and secondary schools



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Parliament House

Canberra, A.C.T. 2 6 0

Ministerial No. 80 15 November, 1974

MIGRANT LANGUAGES IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

The Minister for Education, Mr. Kim Beazley today announced the membership of the newly created Committee to enquire into the teaching of the languages of the major migrant groups in Australian primary and

secondary schools. '

The members of the Committee are :

Mr. J.W. Mather

M r . G . Adams

Assistant Secretary, Australian Department of Education.. (Chairman)

Secondary Inspector, Victorian Education Department.

Sr. M. Alexius Principal^ Domremy College,

Five Dock, New'South Wales.

Dr. C. Bilinsky - Vice-Chairman of the Sydney Inner Western Suburbs Region Ethnic · Communities Group;

Secretary, Education & Examination Branch, N.S.W. Department of Local Government.

Mr. E.L. Charles - Acting First Assistant Secretary, Australian Department of Labor and Immigration. -

Mr. A. Gardini - President of the Italian Education

. Movement, South Australia;

Lecturer, Department'of General Studies, South Australian Institute of Technology.

Bro. Gilbert - Principal,

St. Mary's School, West Melbourne.

Mrs. V. Morris - Victorian Federation of State Schools Mothers' Clubs.

Dr. J.J. Smolicz - Reader-in-Education, University of Adelaide.

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Mr. Beazley said educational and community organisations including the Conference of Directors-General of Education, the National Council of Independent Schools, the Federal Catholic Education Office and parent, teacher and migrant community groups, had been consulted in the formation of the Committee.

The objects of the Committee’s investigation are :

(i) to bring together up-to-date information about the extent of the teaching of languages of migrant groups in government and non-government schools, with some details of the composition of the groups

and levels of primary and secondary education at which teaching is done;

(ii) to seek and collate views about desirable courses;

(iii) to make suggestions about possible lines of action.

The enquiry is to be confined to the primary and secondary levels of education, since the Australian Universities Commission is already carrying out an investigation at the tertiary level. However, account would be taken of the situation at this level. ·

It is expected that the Committee will hold its first meeting shortly with the aim of presenting.a report within the next six to eight months.

Enquiries: Mr. Ken Henrick

(Tel: 73 1343)

Press Secretary