PHONE LINES NEEDED

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

LAND­LINE phones could soon dis­ap­pear in the North Bur­nett, prompt­ing home tu­tor and North Bur­nett branch trea­surer for the Iso­lated Chil­dren Par­ents’ As­so­ci­a­tion Jackie Lin­den­mayer to in­ter­vene.

Ed­u­cat­ing her three chil­dren Sam, Kate and Meg through dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion at their prop­erty in Craiglea, Mrs Lin­den­mayer ex­plained the detri­men­tal ef­fects it could pose on other par­ents.

“At the mo­ment a big is­sue for me is the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s rec­om­men­da­tion to axe land­line phones,” she said.

“As a dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion mum and home tu­tor, I rely on my two land­line phones to teach my chil­dren – with­out them we would have to rely on the in­ter­net for all of our school­ing,” she said.

“This is a real prob­lem when the in­ter­net isn’t fast enough and there is a large de­lay par­tic­u­larly in a school les­son set­ting where teach­ers are ask­ing ques­tions and ex­pect­ing chil­dren to an­swer in a rea­son­able time frame. It also be­comes a ma­jor prob­lem when there’s no power dur­ing storms.”

Mrs Lin­den­mayer said the pro­gram was a great way for ru­ral stu­dents to get an ed­u­ca­tion.

“The ICPA is an or­gan­i­sa­tion that is made up of par­ents of chil­dren in ru­ral ar­eas and we lobby the gov­ern­ment deal­ing with cur­rent is­sues,” she said.

“It’s not just about home school­ing, it’s for kids that are trav­el­ling a long time on the bus, older stu­dents in board­ing schools and schol­ar­ships the kids can ac­cess.”

The ICPA was founded in 1971 to help stu­dents liv­ing in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas.

The North Bur­nett branch is on the look­out for more helpers. If you’re in­ter­ested phone Jackie Lin­den­mayer on 4165 0830.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DIS­TANCE ED­U­CA­TION: Jackie Lin­den­mayer ed­u­cates her chil­dren Sam, Kate and Meg at home.

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