Call for landline access to stay in the region

Sam, Kate and Meg getting educated at home by their mother Jackie Lindenmayer.
Sam, Kate and Meg getting educated at home by their mother Jackie Lindenmayer. Jackie Lindenmayer

LANDLINE phones could soon disappear in the North Burnett, prompting home tutor and North Burnett branch treasurer for the Isolated Children Parents' Association Jackie Lindenmayer to intervene.

Educating her three children Sam, Kate and Meg through distance education at their property in Craiglea, Mrs Lindenmayer explained the detrimental effects it could pose on other parents.

"At the moment a big issue for me is the Federal Government's recommendation to axe landline phones,” she said.

"As a distance education mum and home tutor, I rely on my two landline phones to teach my children - without them we would have to rely on the internet for all of our schooling,” she said.

"This is a real problem when the internet isn't fast enough and there is a large delay particularly in a school lesson setting where teachers are asking questions and expecting children to answer in a reasonable time frame. It also becomes a major problem when there's no power during storms.”

Mrs Lindenmayer said the program was a great way for rural students to get an education.

"The ICPA is an organisation that is made up of parents of children in rural areas and we lobby the government dealing with current issues,” she said.

"It's not just about home schooling, it's for kids that are travelling a long time on the bus, older students in boarding schools and scholarships the kids can access.”

The ICPA was founded in 1971 to help students living in rural and remote areas.

The North Burnett branch is on the lookout for more helpers. If you're interested phone Jackie Lindenmayer on 41650830.

Topics:  education isolated children's parents association north burnett rural learning support

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