Schools directed to take back troubled students

ONE News 18 July 2013
Schools have been asked by the Ministry of Education to enrol over 600 students who have previously been expelled or excluded for physical assaults, drug use, and continual disobedience, Family First says.

Information obtained under the Official Information Act revealed that the Ministry had directed schools to enrol over 600 students between 2003 and 2012, who had previously been kicked out of other schools, said Bob McCoskrie, national director of Family First NZ.

He said physical assaults on staff and pupils was one of the most common reason for the exclusions from previous schools.

The information also reveals that there were 163 incidences between 2003 and 2012 where a school was directed by the Ministry to re-enrol a student who the school had previously excluded or expelled.

He said schools had “no choice but to accept students who should not be in mainstream education at the moment”.

“Schools are also being forced to turn a blind eye to increasingly unacceptable behaviour and violence because of a drive by the Ministry of Education and so-called experts to reduce the numbers of suspensions and expulsions.”

He said schools are being encouraged to accept “an unacceptable level of violence, sexual and offensive behaviour and intimidation”.

“The rights of children and teachers to be safe are being sacrificed in favour of the rights of students who place other children at risk,” he said.