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The most pointless whinge in history?

By johnboy 30 April 2009 223

Here at RiotACT we consider ourselves connoisseurs of the fine art of complaining.

But we doff our lids to Steve Doszpot’s latest effort:

    Shadow Minister for Education and Disability, Steve Doszpot, has today condemned the Stanhope-Gallagher Government for failing to acknowledge the rights of 411 students with a disability currently enrolled in the non-government school sector.

    The ACT Education Act 2004 clearly states that education should aim to develop every child’s potential and maximise educational achievements, this would also apply to non-government students also.

    “The ACT Human Rights Act 2004 also applies to all students with a disability, not just the government sector.

    “Why then are one quarter of the population of students with a disability being ignored in the recent Review into special education needs in the ACT?

And there I was thinking the non-government sector was all about choice.

So if you choose to go to the (here’s a hint Steve) “Non-Government” sector it’s somehow the Government’s responsibility to deliver all the other services they deliver in their own schools?

Give me a break.

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BerraBoy68 1:58 pm 05 May 09

Pommy bastard said :

BerraBoy68 said :

But that’s only part 1 of the problem also PB. Part 2 is how you would react if they said, ‘No, we won’t do it’ in response to your request?

There needs to be some reason for them to react positively. Carrot or stick, I don’t care but a ‘request’ can also draw a ‘nil’ response.

Oh I think a few well placed newspaper reports, along the lines of: “Cashgrab High Private School refused to conduct investigations into the needs of disabled kids in their care,” would be an incentive?

Good thoughts PB but I don’t think that goes far enough. Private schools have demonstrated an immunity to community criticism in relation to other complaints made against them in the recent past (another story for another time) but that’s more about protecting their money, which they seem to value higher than their reputation. I believe stopping taxpayer funding (which such school receive in for the form of grants in the ACT) may have some affect, however. The other way to think about it is the carrot approach (i.e. what incentives can they get for doing the right thing – other than cash handouts obviously).

peterh 1:23 pm 05 May 09

Pommy bastard said :

BerraBoy68 said :

But that’s only part 1 of the problem also PB. Part 2 is how you would react if they said, ‘No, we won’t do it’ in response to your request?

There needs to be some reason for them to react positively. Carrot or stick, I don’t care but a ‘request’ can also draw a ‘nil’ response.

Oh I think a few well placed newspaper reports, along the lines of: “Cashgrab High Private School refused to conduct investigations into the needs of disabled kids in their care,” would be an incentive?

not just the newspaper, get it on the airwaves. radio would do more damage, especially if the piece played at 3.00pm…

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