Kay Hallahan

Kay Hallahan

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    Opposition claim about Carawatha centre class misinformed

    28/01/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    The State Opposition has missed the point with its claim that the Government had refused to establish a year 5 to 7 class at Carawatha Language Development centre this year.
     
    Education Minister Kay Hallahan said language development centres were meant to address learning problems in the early primary years so students could return to mainstream education.
     
    "The aim is to identify and deal with problems early.  Setting up a Year 5 to 7 class would imply a longer-term placement which is not in the best interests of the students," Mrs Hallahan said.
     
    "The language centres can and do operate classes with mixed grades so students will not be left in the same class for an additional year as the Opposition claims."
     
    The Minister said support - in the form of speech pathologists and school psychologists - was provided to students returning to regular schools.
     
    Additional speech pathologists had been employed this year.
     
    Mrs Hallahan said the role of language centres was being examined by a State Government task force on students with disabilities or learning difficulties.