Punjabi newest language for Western Australian schools

  • Development of Punjabi curriculum for WA schools to commence in 2023
  • Syllabuses to be developed for pre-primary to Year 12 

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced a Punjabi curriculum will be developed and made available to Western Australian schools.

Punjabi will be fully developed in Western Australia by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority for pre-primary to Year 12 students.

Curriculum writers will develop syllabuses and support materials for schools.

In Western Australia, languages education becomes compulsory from Year 3. The pre-primary to Year 10 syllabuses will be available to schools from 2024.

It is anticipated that the Year 11 courses will be available to students in 2024, with the first ATAR Course Examination to be set in 2025.

This follows the announcement in 2021 of the development of syllabuses for Hindi, Korean and Tamil, which will be introduced to schools next year.

As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

“With more than 190 languages spoken throughout Western Australia, linguistic diversity is a great strength of our State and provides a range of social, cultural and economic benefits.

“It is also important that we develop courses that suit the needs of our young people.

“Earlier this year, the WA Government led the State’s largest ever business delegation to India amid a broader strengthening of our engagement with the country.

“I am pleased to see the ongoing expansion of languages curriculum for WA students, and the development of Punjabi curriculum is particularly fitting given it could support students in key future employment opportunities.”

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