April 05, 2013
Teenage asylum seekers at a detention centre north of Hobart will begin school next week.
Up to 150 detainees aged between 15 and 17 will be taken by bus into Hobart from the Pontville to study at vocational training centres.
Tasmania’s Education Minister, Nick McKim, says their studies will focus on learning English.
He says the young detainees will be integrated with other students.
“I have no doubt that these students will be welcomed with open arms because our education system and, in fact, Tasmania is such a generous-hearted place and my feedback from the Polytechnic to date has been that they’re really looking forward to welcoming these students,” he said.
The Commonwealth is covering the costs.