THE state government is seeking to recruit more than 4100 tutors to support students disadvantaged by remote learning during COVID-19 restrictions.
The $250-million package is intended to get tutors into schools by the start of the new school year.
"This is the single biggest boost to individual learning in our state's history," education minister James Merlino said during Tuesday's announcement.
The government expected more than 200,000 students would receive tutoring.
All government schools would receive funding, as well as all eligible non-government schools.
Mr Merlino said funding would be rolled out according to the size of the school, and would be weighted towards disadvantage.
Schools would be required to spend the money on tutoring.
The package also provided for 16 more Koori support workers and 60 more multilingual and bicultural workers.
Bendigo Senior Secondary College principal Dale Pearce believed the funding and support the package would provide to students would be really welcomed by schools.
"It will provide us with an opportunity to do something for individual students and small groups of students that we haven't been able to do in the past," Mr Pearce said.
He said many students around the state who sought tutoring, particularly in their senior years of schooling.
"That has always been a feature of our education landscape," Mr Pearce said.
But, given what had happened this year with the COVID-19 pandemic, there would be students whose academic performance had slipped from where it would usually be and where they might like it to be, through no fault of their own.
Mr Merlino said students would be individually assessed, in terms of where they were at.
He said all the evidence showed tutoring was the best way to make the greatest difference in getting students "up to speed".
The focus would be on literacy and numeracy, as foundational skills.
Tutors would be additional to the existing workforce in schools. The government expected they would be working in small groups.
Women were expected to account for about 80 per cent of tutors.
Recruitment would occur through the final term of the 2020 school year.
The education minister told retired, pre-service and casual relief teachers: "We want you and our kids need you".
The government said students who struggled most with online learning included those with low levels of English, those already at risk of disengaging from school, and "those with home environments not conducive to remote learning".
Case in regional Victoria being investigated
A COVID-19 case in the Geelong area, which was previously cleared, is under review after testing positive.
"We don't believe that person would be infectious," Premier Daniel Andrews said.
He said that case might, or might not, end up remaining a positive at the end of the review.
It was one of six COVID-19 cases being treated as active in regional Victoria, at the time of writing.
The five other active regional Victorian cases were all in the Mitchell Shire.
There were no mystery cases in regional Victoria, and 13 in metropolitan Melbourne.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton faced questioning from the media about the state's ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
Both defended the state's approach, particularly in comparison with New South Wales.
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