Paeroa pupil back on track

JONATHAN CARSON
Last updated 12:46 22/01/2014

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The 11-year-old boy who was refused re-entry to a Paeroa school after assaulting staff and threatening pupils is said to be making positive progress in alternative education.

After missing more than a year of school, the boy was enrolled at Thames Valley Alternative Education Centre (TVAEC) via Paeroa College at the start of term four last year. He will return to school at the end of the month.

The boy was excluded from Paeroa Central School in August 2012 after four days when he punched a female teacher and threatened to cut pupils with a knife.

The Ministry of Education initially directed the school to re-enrol him, but principal Janet Jones refused.

Following coverage by the Waikato Times in June, the ministry agreed to help him enrol in alternative education. It took more than four months following the stoush to get him back to school.

His uncle Paora Raharaha said he started at TVAEC in October and was making good progress.

"He seems to love it, actually. He's going every day," Mr Raharaha said. "He's fitting in really well." He said the plan was to eventually move him into a mainstream school. He continues to receive specialist support from the ministry and has a teacher aide all day.

The ministry confirmed he was attending school. "We are pleased the student is now engaged in full-time learning and that his progress is monitored," ministry head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey said.

jonathan.carson@waikatotimes.co.nz

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