Parents call for more in-school support

RESOURCES LACKING: Jennifer Perkins and her daughter Katrina are urging the Education Department to put on more support classes for students entering high school.KATRINA Perkins is heading for education limbo.Despite looking forward to attending high school next year, a lack of support class places could result in a challenging start to her secondary school education.Currently in year 6 at Nowra East Public School, she is classified as mildly intellectually disabled.However, she is not considered intellectually disabled enough to have a teacher’s aide.She and other students are receiving support at primary school.However, the few support classes available to high schools in Shoalhaven are full.The support classes are tailored to provide students with a curriculum that can best raise their level of education while not impacting on other students their same age.Katrina’s mother, Jennifer Perkins of Greenwell Point, was told in a letter from the Education Department that her daughter’s application to be placed in a support class in 2013 had not been supported.The letter stated that Katrina had been placed on a waiting list because there were no places available.Since learning of the lack of places in support classes in June, Mrs Perkins said she has been told at least 13 other children at Nowra East Public School face the same problem.“I know of parents who are looking at making their child repeat year 6 in the hope that in 2014 they will be able to get a place in a high school support class,” Mrs Perkins said.Mrs Perkins had written letters to NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli and South Coast MP Shelley Hancock who then contacted acting school education director for Shoalhaven Wendy Buckley requesting urgent investigation of the issue.The replies were what Mrs Perkins called bureaucratic bull.“The letter from the minister’s office and the letter from the acting school education director Shoalhaven were almost identical,” she said.“I have spent 10 years as an administration clerk in the Royal Australian Air Force and I know what little that type of response means.“They did nothing but go over things I already knew about.“I do not agree to my daughter going into a mainstream class.“I do not see how 12 teachers in as many different subjects are going to be able to adjust their curriculum to suit my daughter who is at year 2 reading and writing levels.“There is no way she could cope with mainstream classes and she is not the kind of person that would put her hand up for help.“The Department of Education is ignoring the problem – they are not putting on more support classes.“I’ve been told by the schools that support classes are being cut back, and if that is a result of the state’s money problems then it will be the children who are going to suffer.“We only have four support classes between Shoalhaven, Nowra and Bomaderry high schools, it’s just not enough,” Mrs Perkins said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训学校.