Melbourne Cath Ed welcomes special needs help

A new summer school for teachers to assist students with special needs, such as behavioural or learning difficulties, has been praised by the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne.

Catholic Education director Stephen Elder said many Catholic schools already assist students with particular difficulties, including students with disabilities.

"Any measure to assist these students, was consistent with the mission and the teachings of the Church," Mr Elder said.

Announced by Prime Minster John Howard this week, the initiative will see 200 teaching places made available for the 10-day course each year.

Teachers would also receive a $5000 bonus if they successfully completed the program.

Mr Elder said the Coalition's tax rebate scheme is also welcome.

"The Catholic Education Office Melbourne welcomes any initiatives by the major parties which assists families, particularly those that are struggling to make ends meet," he said.

"The cost of educating a child is increasing and each child, no matter what their background, deserves every chance in life and a decent education provides a good start."

Praise for education initiative to help families (Catholic Education Office, Melbourne 14/11/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Catholic Education Office, Archdiocese of Melbourne
Prime Mnister John Howard MP: Summer school for teachers to help students with special needs (Liberal Party of Australia 12/11/07)

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15 Nov 2007