New Zealand: Parents are asked to help fund the cost of teacher aides for special needs kids

May 2, 2018, (New Zealand) NZ Herald: Parents pay for teacher aides and support at one in 10 NZ primary schools Parents are being asked to pay for at least part of the cost of teacher aides and support for their children at one in every 10 state primary schools, a new survey has found. The survey of special needs co-ordinators at 572 state and integrated primary, intermediate and special schools by the NZ Educational Institute has found that parents help to fund support for their children at 57 of the schools. More than two-thirds (69 per cent) of the special needs co-ordinators ("Sencos") said their schools did not have enough resources to ensure that all students could participate fully in school, forcing some students to attend only part-time or when a teacher aide is available. … The survey found that 92 per cent of primary schools have a register of children with special needs, listing 20,424 children across the schools who have registers - an average of 15 per cent of the roll in each school.