VCAL scrapped in Vic education overhaul

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Victoria is scrapping VCAL as part of an overhaul of vocational education for senior school students.

Under new legislation introduced to state parliament on Tuesday, the government will replace the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning with the Victorian Certificate of Education - Vocational Major.

The Foundation VCAL year will be replaced with the Victorian Pathways Certificate, from which students can choose VCE, entry-level vocational training or move into the workforce.

The program will be introduced from 2023.

The government says the vocational major will mean students can access more subjects, as well as doing work experience.

"These reforms mean students will have better support and flexibility to study what they want, alongside key academic skills that will prepare them for the jobs of the future," Education Minister James Merlino said in making the announcement.

The government says the new program will be focused on students with additional needs, and vulnerable students at risk of leaving the school system.

Opposition education spokesman David Hodgett said there may be some positives to the plan, but he would examine the bill closely.

"We'll consult with stakeholders and we will no doubt be back debating that in the coming weeks in parliament," he told reporters outside state parliament on Tuesday.

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