One thousand more Victorian students can now see more clearly and concentrate better at school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s free Glasses for Kids program.
Member for Werribee Tim Pallas and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced that 129 students in Wyndham are some of 1000 Victorian students to receive a free pair of glasses after having their vision tested at school.
Children with undiagnosed vision problems often find it hard to concentrate at school, which presents challenges when it comes to actively engaging in their learning – but too many Victorian families avoid eye testing due to the prohibitive cost of glasses.
The Victorian-first program, which is managed and delivered by State Schools’ Relief, has helped more than 22,000 Prep to Year 3 students at 395 schools across Victoria have their eyes screened and, if needed, receive free glasses.
The Victorian Budget 2019/20 invested $1.6 million to deliver the second round of the Glasses for Kids program – supporting students with undiagnosed vision impairments, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at school and beyond.
This builds on the $800,000 the Labor Government has already provided to this initiative since coming to government, ensuring a child’s education isn’t disadvantaged by easily treated issues like vision impairment.
The second phase of the program, means the program will visit an extra 340 schools – testing around 40,000 more Prep to Grade 3 students.
Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“Giving every Victorian child the opportunity to thrive at school goes beyond providing great education programs – it’s about making sure nobody is left behind because of easily treatable issues like vision impairment.”
Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas
“It’s fantastic to see students in Wyndham seeing more clearly and concentrating better thanks to Glasses for Kids – and that’s exactly why we’ll continue to invest in this vital program, and in our kids’ health.”
Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly
“This is about investing in the health and wellbeing of our kids – because no student should suffer in the classroom because of an undiagnosed vision impairment.”