Kalgoorlie Miner 24-Aug-2010 Page: 3 General News Market: Kalgoorlie WA Circulation: 5612 Type: Regional Size: 100.30 sq.cms Frequency: MTWTFS-
Outback kids need support PARENTS of children involved in isolated and distance education have called on all levels of government to provide greater support. The Isolated Children's Parents Association of Aus-
tralia held its Federal conference in Fremantle earlier this month. ICPA WA publicity officer Kathy Boladeras said several key issues had emerged from the conference. "We're supporting a tertiary access allowance," she said. "It would allow kids who have to leave home to go to a
tertiary institution to access some start-up money"
She said the amount would be around $4000 and would be used to cover the costs of transportation and setting up a new home. All students in isolated areas would have the opportunity to access the payment. "At the moment they get Youth Allowance, which helps them once they're there," she said. "They just need a bit of assistance to get from home to university" An allowance for home tutors also received support from the conference. "It's for people forced to educate their children at home because they've got no choice," Ms Boladeras said.
School of the Air teacher Nandia Lewendon demonstrated several aspects of her distance education program to a positive response, including a replay of one of her on-air classes. "It's important to raise awareness of distance educa-
tion," she said. "Kids should have the right to a good education, no matter where they live."
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