Teacher resigns over inadequate IT equipment for Yirara College students. "While I lobbied in vain for the most basic classroom student computers, Yirara bought a high-tech plug-and-ray laser engraver (pictured) that reportedly cost close to $25,000," writes teacher Ralph Folds. Principal Chris England responds.
A bequest from the late Alice Springs artist and children’s book illustrator Pamela Lofts to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation has borne its first fruit: The Yirara Mix Book, launched in an event at the Town Library last week.
Education Minister Peter Chandler has rejected an offer from two teachers to meet with him in person and give him detailed, first-hand information about problems at Yirara College. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Tim Stollznow, Chairman of Yirara's Committee of Management, is responding on behalf of the college, and the Finke River Mission, to reports in the Alice Springs News Online, and to emails from the News asking a string of questions.
Education Minister Peter Chandler says he is prepared to order an investigation into Yirara College (pictured) if there is evidence of tumultuous conduct and danger to students and staff as has been alleged by our sources over the past two weeks. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
"De-escalating serious student behaviour" was already on the Yirara College agenda two years ago when Work Safe issued an improvement notice. However, the industry watchdog says it has had no complaints from Yirara since. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Image: Copy of a memorandum leaked to the Alice Springs News Online.
We now have an education minister, Peter Chandler (pictured), asserting that a boarding school, 40 years old, funded by his department, does not warrant an investigation although every single one of its students is in the bottom quartile of achievement. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.