Kay Hallahan

Kay Hallahan

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    Education centre for chronic truants in Armadale

    18/01/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    Chronic truants and persistent juvenile offenders will have a second chance at education with the establishment of a new alternative education centre in Armadale.
     
    Education Minister Kay Hallahan said the new centre would be set up in a house on a 2-hectare, Ministry of Education owned property on Westfield Road.
     
    The property is part of a future primary school site.
     
    Mrs Hallahan said the house would become a base for students needing specialist help to return to mainstream education.
     
    "Young people who fail to achieve at school are at risk of becoming truants and turning to crime.  The centre will address students' basic educational needs away from the formal classroom setting," she said.
     
    Mrs Hallahan said the alternative education programs were aimed at improving the social behaviour of students and developing their literacy, numeracy and life skills.
     
    Under the programs, students could set their own behavioural and educational goals, go on group excursions and undertake work experience to observe appropriate role models.
     
    They would also be provided with health education, covering nutrition, sex education, drug education and interpersonal skills.
     
    "These young people need basic educational and life skills if they are to progress into further education or training or find employment," Mrs Hallahan said.