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Thousands Of Victorian Teachers' Registrations Uncertain For Start Of 2016

23/01/2016 11:18 AM AEDT | Updated January 24, 2016 11:24
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To go with 'Australia-native-Aboriginal-language,FEATURE' by Madeleine Coorey In this picture taken on October 14, 2012 teacher Noeleen Lumby (L) teaches Aboriginal languages to children at St Johns High School, in Sydney. Australia's Aborigines once spoke 250 to 270 different languages but best estimates now suggest less than 70 are still being spoken on a daily basis, with even fewer passed on to younger generations. AFP PHOTO/William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of Victorian teachers could be returning to the classroom for the new school year without proper certifications due to a backlog of registration applications.

The ABC reports that as many as 5000 registrations are pending for 2016 with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) and will not be cleared by the time classes begin.

A number of graduates are said to have taken to social media to vent their frustration about delays in the processing of registrations.

The annual registration process for the state's more than 40,000 teachers closed at the end of December.

There is no suggestion the graduates are not qualified to be taking classes.

The Huffington Post Australia has sought VIT for comment, but its chief executive Melanie Saba told the ABC the only applications yet to be registered were from late applicants.

In a statement issued on its website on Friday, VIT said it was processing a large number of applications.

"We are currently receiving high volumes of calls from people who have recently graduated," it said.

"We process applications for registration based on the order of receipt, if the documentation is complete. We will contact any applicants directly who need to provide any additional information."

The report comes after research released earlier this month showed Victoria is facing a massive shortage in the number of schools needed to cope with an explosion in student numbers.

The Grattan Institute Research commissioned by Fairfax Media showed up to 220 new schools need to be built in Victoria in the next decade to handle the extra 190,000 students expected to enroll between 2016 and 2026.

No new schools are slated to open in the state in 2016.

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