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Ministry considering statement of claim by IHC

Ministry considering statement of claim by IHC

The Ministry of Education is studying the IHC’s statement of claim to the Human Rights Review Tribunal, lodged on April 30.

“We would like to work with the IHC on their areas of concern over the education of children with special needs, but to date they have declined our requests to meet,” says deputy secretary for early years, parents and whanau Rawiri Brell.

“The IHC’s statement of claim outlines in more detail some of their concerns, as well as their proposals to make the schooling system more inclusive.

“We work closely with schools every day to ensure they are getting the support they need to include all their students. However we are always keen to do better.

“We will act on any complaints of children being excluded on the grounds of their special needs. We spend more than half a billion dollars each year on special education, and we have 800 frontline staff and 1000 specialist teachers supporting children with special needs in schools every day.”

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