Teacher aides

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I could not agree more with Sarah Hunter (Nov 7), that 2400 teacher aides would be far bet­ter than 600 spe­cial needs ex­perts, who, it seems, will be at­tached to more than one school, thereby hav­ing no spe­cial al­le­giance to one school and its spe­cial needs stu­dents.

In my last five years of teach­ing I was an ‘‘on­go­ing re­source funded’’ teacher in charge of spe­cial needs in one school, known for ac­cept­ing spe­cial needs chil­dren and with a vis­ual re­source unit at­tached. I spent some one to one time with the chil­dren and men­tored the teacher aides, who worked with them. Those women were amaz­ing. They were paid a pit­tance and did a ster­ling job. They were ded­i­cated to their charges and took a num­ber of courses to be­come up­skilled.

I hope the teach­ers will protest this de­ci­sion and see the right one is made, for the sake of the chil­dren and the teach­ers, not to men­tion the fu­ture of the coun­try. These spe­cial needs chil­dren grow up to be­come cit­i­zens, after all.

Robin Mackay, Ran­giora

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