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Reshuffled SES Cards Will Not Produce Winning Hand

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19th February 2001

RESHUFFLING SES CARDS WILL NOT PRODUCE WINNING HAND


“Simply reorganising the way in which resources are delivered will not solve the problems of the Special Education Service,” said New Zealand First Education Spokesperson Hon Brian Donnelly MP.

In response to today’s announcement of special education re-organisation Mr Donnelly said that “the key to making any real gains is ensuring that staff capabilities match pupils’ needs. This will only be achieved if new agencies are able to start with a tabula rasa.”

The SES has been bedevilled since its inception by a mismatch between the skills of its personnel and the contracts it was required to meet. A number of special schools have shown, through using opportunities offered by SE2000 that such matching can be done.

“Reshuffling the cards in one’s hand does not make for a stronger hand, some of the cards themselves must be changed,” said Mr Donnelly.


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