By ERWIN CHLANDA
“There appears to be no evidence to support the need for investigation or intervention by the Department of Education,” says Education Minister Peter Chandler (pictured).
We emailed him yesterday: “Please read our reports about Yirara College, and the multitude of readers’ comments, and advise what you are doing about the situation.”
Mr Chandler released the following statement:-
“The operations of non-government schools are reviewed regularly.
“The NT Department of Education is monitoring Yirara College to ensure it fulfils the conditions for continuing registration.
“To maintain registration, non-government schools must meet specified requirements under the Education Act.
“Enshrined in the legislation are adequate safeguards for the health, safety and wellbeing of school staff and students, good governance, facilities, curriculum and financial management.
“The Department of Education met with the principal and business / administration manager at Yirara College on 9 February 2015.
“The outcome of that meeting is that there appears to be no evidence to support the need for investigation or intervention by the Department of Education.”
We have left a message with Mr Chandler’s staff to call us. We will ask him whether the Department of Education has spoken with anyone other than the principal and business / administration manager of Yirara.
EXPLANATION: The statements above were initially attributed to Deputy Chief Minster Willem Westra van Holthe because the release had come from his office. Mr Chandler was mentioned nowhere in the release which we published in full.
“I’m assuming the confusion came from my email signature block,” said the minder who had sent the release. Yes, it did.
“I would have thought you would have called me to clarify before uploading your article,” said the minder. We did, prior to publication, but got her answering machine. When she called and emailed some three hours later, after 7pm, our office was closed.
By ERWIN CHLANDA