NZEI member leaders have told Parliament’s inquiry into dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism that there is a growing number of students who are not getting their educational needs met because of a lack of investment in trained experts to support them.

Karori West School principal Janice Shramka and deputy principal Janice Jones told the Education and Science Select Committee that there are huge waiting lists for students with special needs and in many cases schools are left to cope with little or no support.

The teachers spoke of one case at their school where a five year old boy with severe needs languished for six months on a wait list for a Speech Language Therapist because the Ministry of Education did not have enough staff.

Read the NZEI Te Riu Roa submission to the inquiry. Meanwhile, the ministry’s “update” on Special Education Services was completed but it failed to secure desperately needed new funding. Instead, it is trialing projects on services working together in different ways.