Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews insists vulnerable children in his state are not being left behind while they are learning remotely to help keep coronavirus at bay.
The sentiment comes amid concerns some vulnerable children will be worse off while they try to do their school work from home.
Victorian parents are being encouraged to keep their children at home, but schools remain open for those who can't do so and the children of essential workers.
"I won't be lectured on looking after disadvantaged kids. We have supported and we will continue to support every student across our state, in the pandemic and well beyond," Mr Andrews told ABC Melbourne on Tuesday.
"I simply don't accept this notion that kids are being left behind. We are doing everything we possible can, in, can I say, unprecedented times."
Mr Andrews said "many different measures" are in place to support the state's most vulnerable children.
"All of these things have been considered, all of these issues have been weighed, and we believe the right thing to do is keep the kids home at the moment unless you simply can't do that."
"We're working very, very hard to make sure that every young person, every child, every student, gets every chance, and is looked after and cared for," he told reporters on Tuesday.
"We know there is a big job to do to support the most vulnerable in our community...I'm confident we can continue to do that."
Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Victoria on Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 1351, of whom close to 1300 have recovered.
There are 23 people in hospital, including 11 in intensive care.
The premier noted there have been seven coronavirus cases in Victoria traced back to schools, and the science on whether or not to keep children away from classrooms to tackle COVID-19 is "not settled".
"We can guess, or we can have an abundance of caution and I'm happy to be criticised for being cautious in this. I know what's at stake."
Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien has pushed for more face-to-face learning immediately, insisting the low number of fresh cases and advice from Australia's Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy shows that would be safe.
"There are too many kids who are missing out on the education they need, particularly vulnerable kids - kids for whom home doesn't provide the best learning environment," he told reporters on Monday.
Victorian Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton isn't ruling out changing his advice during term two, as long the evidence points it is safe, he told reporters.
The premier wants 100,000 people to be tested for COVID-19 in the next two weeks before a decision is made on easing the state's restrictions.
The soonest restrictions might be lifted is May 11, when Victoria's state of emergency comes to an end.
Mr Andrews has urged people to get tested for the virus even if they only have mild symptoms, so authorities get a clearer picture of how the illness is spreading.
Watch his press conference here.
There are 45 sites where Victorians can get tested, but more clinics are set to open during the week, including in the Gippsland and Northern Loddon regions.
Mobile screening clinics will also start to visit homes and workplaces.
Common symptoms of coronavirus include fever, difficulty breathing, cough, sore throat, fatigue or tiredness.
But people are being encouraged to get tested even if they have only mild symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat.
One new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Victoria on Monday, leaving the state's total at 1349 after one case was transferred to the NSW total.
The state government has also revealed on Tuesday it will spend $5.2 million on upgrades for the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal over the next 12 weeks to help it hear planning and other matters remotely.