Paeroa boy still waiting for place in school
An 11-year-old Paeroa boy with severe behavioural problems has been waiting more than two months for the Ministry of Education to find him a new school.
The boy was at the centre of a stoush between Paeroa Central School and the ministry in June and has now been out of school for a year.
His uncle, Paora Raharaha, said it was disappointing that the process was taking so long as his nephew was missing out on his education.
The boy was kicked out of Paeroa Central School last August after he assaulted a teacher and threatened pupils.
The ministry directed the school to re-enrol him, but principal Janet Jones and the board of trustees refused, saying the boy was a danger to staff and pupils.
Following a Waikato Times story, the ministry backed down on its position and agreed to come up with an alternative option at a meeting with school staff, the boy's legal guardian Marianne Ngatai and Mr Raharaha on June 7.
"Something's definitely gone wrong because they did say that they were going to place him in education within a week," Mr Raharaha said.
"[It's] very disappointing that nothing's happened and the boy's still not going to school."
Paeroa College acting principal Rod Coe said he was having talks with the ministry about enrolling the boy and having him attend Thames Valley Alternative Education Centre.
"That's still up in the air; that's still all negotiable."
The alternative education centre was in the process of appointing a new director, which was delaying the decision.
However, Mr Coe said the boy was enrolled in the Correspondence School.
- © Fairfax NZ News
Is it time for backyard fireworks to be banned?Related story: (See story)