School for teen mums confirmed
South Waikato Teen Parent Unit has been given the go-ahead by the Government, after 18 months of lobbying by the Tokoroa community.
The unit’s steering committee received confirmation late last year from Minister of Education Anne Tolley that she had approved the establishment of a teen parent unit in Tokoroa.
‘‘The unit is long overdue in our community,’’ steering committee member Ann Vosper said.
‘‘The young parents can now get on with their education in order to gain qualifications.
‘‘The long-term goal is having better paid jobs in order to support themselves and their families.
‘‘The outcome of our unit will be healthy, happier individuals thereby strengthening our community.’’
Tokoroa High School will be the host school and will manage the unit with the support of Forest View High School and social services such as Raukawa Charitable Trust, Plunket and Salvation Army.
The steering committee was grateful to MPs Trevor Mallard, Louise Upston, Tariana Turia and Sue Moroney for their support in gaining approval for the Teen Parent Unit, Mrs Vosper said.
The unit will start in the first term of this year, in temporary accommodation.
Tokoroa High School has classrooms that the teen parents will use while waiting for the new unit to be completed, which may take up to six months.