Children with Disabilities deserve more
Children with Disabilities still deserve more from the Education System
IHC New Zealand welcomes news that a National led Government would put more money into teacher aides, but says much more is needed to give children with a disability the education they deserve.
IHC New Zealand believes every child in New Zealand has an equal right to learning and being part of their local school’s community.
Trish Grant, IHC Director of Advocacy, says teachers need more support and training to be able to teach children with special needs in addition to having well-trained teacher aides.
“It is well-known that teacher aides are the lowest paid and least trained staff in schools and yet they work with the children who have the most complex learning needs,” says Trish Grant. “The best outcomes for children with disabilities occur when teachers are knowledgeable and well-resourced and teacher aides are trained and fairly paid for their important work.”
“We hope that this announcement signals a commitment to review and improve the funding framework for special education, so that disabled children get a far deal and the best possible chance for learning and inclusion at school.”
Many New Zealand children do not get a fair deal at their local school. IHC is committed to correcting this injustice and ensuring inclusive education for all children. We are holding conversations with a number of interested parties and have also lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Review Tribunal. You can read more about our Education Complaint here: http://www.ihc.org.nz/campaigns/education-complaint/