The Member for South Perth, John McGrath MLA, has suggested that there needs to be greater teacher support for Como Primary students who speak English as a Second Language (ESL).
Of Como Primary’s 270 students, English is the second language for 50. However, despite this high number, the school only has an ESL teacher assistant two days a week.
Mr McGrath suggested that the student body, which is comprised of more than 30 different nationalities, deserved a full-time ESL teacher to provide the best possible educational experience for its students.
‘Given the diverse range of students’ abilities and nationalities, I believe that Como Primary requires a full-time ESL teaching assistant’, Mr McGrath said.
‘The ESL teaching assistant currently works at Como Primary two days a week. However, with 50 students who do not speak English as a first language, I think there needs to be a full-time teaching assistant to cater to these students needs and ensure that they are properly educated.’
‘I have written to the Minister for Education, Hon Dr Liz Constable MLA, and outlined the case of Como Primary to receive additional funding so that it can employ an ESL teaching assistant on a full-time basis.’