Further changes to Special
Education 2000 are welcome but highlight the ad hoc nature
of the policy's implementation, Labour education
spokesperson Trevor Mallard said today.
said the Government had put the families of hundreds of
children in special education attached units through more
than two years of intense uncertainty which had created a
huge amount of stress.
"This is not a brave step forward
for Dr Smith. It is merely removing the uncertainty and the
threat of closure from hundreds of attached units around the
country," Trevor Mallard said.
"They should have never
been put through the ringer like they have and it's a poor
reflection on the implementation of Special Education
"This is the fifth patch-up job the Government has
been forced to announce for this policy. If they listened
more carefully to what people in the sector said, and acted
on their advice, they would not have to constantly play
catch-up," Trevor Mallard
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