28 Jun 2009

School's special needs unit under threat after budget cut

3:06 pm on 28 June 2009

Parents and teachers of children at a special needs unit of a Christchurch school say they will fight to keep it open, despite the government pulling its funding.

Addington Primary School will lose $114,000 a year as a result of funding for additional therapies being cut from the education budget.

The school's principal, Trudy Heath, says that pays for two staff members who run its specialist "conductive education" unit for 16 children, and she doesn't know how else to keep it running.

Julie Baker says her 12-year-old daughter relies on the unit and her needs won't be met in a mainstream setting.

She says the unit gives students a chance to blossom as well as providing them with intensive physical therapy.