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'They come back to school nicely subdued on Ritalin'

THE strains on psychological services came under fire at the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers' conference last week.

Ian McCubbin, a Perth guidance teacher, asked: "What are they actually doing? There should be a national body monitoring their work, setting targets and looking for outcomes."

A succession of delegates said it took months before psychologists rrived in schools and some had stopped asking for assistance in dealing with severe learning and behavioural problems.

Psychologists could end up referring pupils to clinical psychologists. "And we know what happens then," Mr McCubbin said. "They come back to school nicely subdued on Ritalin. That does not solve the child's problem and by age 18-19 it becomes a societal problem."

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