13 Dec 2009

Fears training places for disabled students to be cut

12:38 pm on 13 December 2009

Places reserved for intellectually disabled students at a tertiary institute in Nelson are under threat, according to the Maori Party.

The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology's supported training programme offers places to 120 students with various intellectual disabilities.

The review is investigating whether that number should be reduced to 25.

Te Tai Tonga MP Rahui Katene says many of the places are for adults who want to improve their reading and enhance their job prospects and she is shocked at the review.

"It is really bad timing because this is a recession when people are having more and more opportunities and options cut away from them.

"This is a time when we need to be giving more people more options."

Mrs Katene says the institute would hope to save $34,000 by cutting the places.

The institute says it will not comment at this time.