28 Aug 2012

No reversal of schools closure decision expected

4:50 pm on 28 August 2012

School leaders do not hold much hope that they can reverse a decision by the Government to close two of the four residential schools in New Zealand for children with special needs.

After consulting on the future of the schools, the Government has proposed closing McKenzie Residential School in Christchurch and a residential school for girls, Salisbury School in Nelson.

The schools have 28 days to respond to the plan, which will replace the schools with more intensive support for children in their home communities.

Education Minister Hekia Parata told Morning Report more capacity for children with special needs is needed in the North Island.

She said any money saved will ensure students get a better service in their own community.