The latest assualt on civil society by the National Government is this desire to cut funding to special needs children by dumping the word ‘special needs’…
Government plans to “slash and burn” special education funding for children over the age of seven is “short-sighted and stupid”, says the Opposition.
In a Cabinet paper Education Minister Hekia Parata reveals plans to focus special education funding at an early-childhood level and potentially quash funding for those aged 18 to 21 years old.
The proposal would pump most special needs money into 2 to 5 year olds and a big drop in funding would kick in for those aged 7 and over.
Special education funding is delivered through the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS), which received an injection of $62.9 million over four years in the 2015 Budget.
…putting money into children with ‘learning challenges’ when they are aged 2 to 5 is great, but to do so by stripping the money away from 7 year olds and older is just cruel.
Those children don’t stop needing that extra support when they turn 7 FFS! And the suggestion to dump support for 17-18 year olds is madness. If there isn’t any support for that age group, they simply become homeless.
This problem is occurring while the Government ploughs money into charter schools.
Simply dumping support once a child hits 7 is so bleak. How has our education system been allowed to come to this?