Parents slam plans to move disabled pupils from an Ammanford primary
7:30am Wednesday 2nd May 2012 in Ammanford news
CONCERNED parents have slammed plans to transfer disabled children of secondary school age from a specialised unit at an Ammanford primary school to a new facility at nearby Amman Valley Comprehensive.
Twelve youngsters currently attending Ysgol Bro Banw’s Special Unit will be affected this September, as education chiefs attempt to bring Carmarthenshire in line with a wider national policy.
However, the plan to school disabled youngsters alongside their peers has been labelled unsympathetic by parents, who claim the council failed to consult them on the change.
“The unit at Ysgol Bro Banw was designed for disabled children aged five to 19,” said Carrieann Davies, whose daughter attends the unit.
“So why are they moving them now? It is unrealistic to expect a child with complex needs to leave one school one day and start somewhere new.
“Disabled children cannot cope with that kind of upset.
“The council might have ticked all the boxes when it comes to their legal obligations, but what about their moral obligations?
“Of 30 parents at Ysgol Bro Banw, no-one knew anything about this until January – they are playing with our children’s lives.”
However, the council dismissed claims it had mishandled the move.
“The proposal to move provision for pupils of secondary school age from the present unit in Ysgol Bro Banw to a new purpose- built unit is part of the transformation programme for secondary schools across Dinefwr,” said director of education Rob Sully.
“There is widespread consensus across Wales that children and young people with additional needs are best served by being educated alongside their peers in mainstream settings wherever practicable.
“There has been extensive consultation on all elements of the transformation proposals and details were made available to all parents in the spring of 2011. A series of meetings were convened for parents to express their views.”
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