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National’s Priorities in Education

Closing special schools – such a sane plan for our neediest kids to be cared for by the mysterious “wrap around service” where no-one is really responsible for them at all.

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More craziness from National…

In a repeat of National’s cost-cutting and closure of  critical social services in the late 1990s, Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the closure of  two very special; much needed, schools – Christchurch’s McKenzie Residential School and Nelson’s Salisbury Residential School,

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These are schools  which provide special education for children with severe behavioural difficulties. These are safe environments for children, who, because of their special needs, would find it difficult – impossible –  to cope in mainstream schools.

Despite most of  365 submissions opposing the closure of  McKenzie Residential School, the decision to close McKenzie and Salibury proceeded.

Which begs the question as to why bother making submissions when National rarely listens to a community.

As the decisionswere announced, Parata stated,

At the very heart of this difficult decision lies the opportunity to provide services and support for more…

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