NZEI backs calls for Govt action to include every child
6 April 2017
NZEI Te Riu Roa is backing calls for
Government action on inclusive education as evidence mounts that it
is denying disabled and higher needs children the vital support they
need to learn.
The Education For All (EFA)
petition is being handed to MPs today.
calls on the Government to meet its obligations to
uphold the human rights of disabled children and others to have their
specific learning needs met so they can access a full education.
“Every Kiwi child has the right to a
great public education but the Government has effectively rationed
the support available to kids, meaning some are being denied that
basic right,” said Mark Potter, NZEI Executive member and
Wellington primary school principal.
"This year the Government
froze the operations grant, out of which schools pay teachers
aides and other support staff, which has led
schools to drop support staff hours or hike parent donations
"Meanwhile, Education Ministry
staffing caps for specialist services like speech, language and
behavioural therapy are seeing kids waiting months for the help they
"Its totally unacceptable that in
a country like New Zealand some children are being effectively denied
the help they need to learn.
“Just last week Northland Principal
Pat Newman warned
that schools would soon be forced to suspend children with
behavioural problems caused by foetal alcohol syndrome and other
disorders because, without extra support, many were a danger to
themselves and others.
"If the Government knows that
children are missing out on an education because it is starving
schools of resources, then it has an obligation to act," Mr