Activists demand investment for disabled children's education

School students (iStock)
School students (iStock)

A protest group is demanding the Government invest more in disabled children's education.

It follows recent reports showing high-needs students often miss out on education because schools aren't equipped to deal with them.

The reports include those from Youthlaw and the Human Rights Commission, which highlight shortfalls in education for disabled children.

Education for All spokesperson Dr Bernadette McCartney says they are concerned with proposed changes for special education.

"The Government has a plan, it sees disabled people and families as being a drain, an economic drain on the system and also as being a problem that needs fixing," she says.

"The Government hasn't put resources into really important things like teacher education and professional development for teachers' schools so they can actually fulfil those commitments."

The group will be meeting at midday at the Auckland Domain for a rally.

"We want to make inclusive education part of the Education Act, an enforceable right within the Education Act," Dr McCartney says.