19 Aug 2009

Special education services to be reviewed

4:32 pm on 19 August 2009

The Government is to review special education services in New Zealand schools.

Associate Education Minister Heather Roy says much has changed since the special education policy was developed in the 1990s and it is necessary to see how the sector is working.

The review will cover services provided by the Ministry of Education and what happens in all schools that support children with special needs.

But it will not change the right of disabled children to attend their local school.

Ms Roy says every year, $450 million is invested in special education services and she wants to ensure it is delivering value for money.

The review will conclude in July next year.