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NO EDUCA SHUN; Jason, 8, expelled from school 2 years ago still being taught at home by mum.

Byline: By NIALL BOURKE

A BOY expelled from school at the age of six is still at home 18 months on, it emerged yesterday.

Special-needs boy Jason Davis, now eight, was turfed out of his Dublin school in March 2006.

And yesterday his mother Jacinta, who has three other children, claimed she has been given no help in finding a permanent school place for her son.

Jason has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Jacinta told the Irish Daily Mirror teachers expelled him because he was impossible to control and teach.

Her son has had only two shorts spells of tuition in the past 18 months, both organised by the National Education Welfare Board .

He now spends his day at home watching TV and DVDs.

Jacinta added: "Jason doesn't mix with other kids. He stays up late at night and watches television for most of the day. He was due to take up a place in a special-needs school in the Phoenix Park in September but that has fallen through. I have a new baby of six months here and my eldest son, aged 17, suffers from mild cerebral palsy and he also needs looking after.

"Jason himself wants to get back into school. He's not eating and he never gets out to play with kids his own age. He has become depressed, it's very worrying."

Department of Education spokeswoman Margaret McCarthy said: "Any child expelled from school can challenge that decision by way of an appeals mechanism under the Education Act."

A spokeswoman for the NEWB said she was precluded from commenting on individual cases involving children.

But she added: "In general terms I would say that when a child is expelled from school we would work with the family to ensure that a school place is found as quickly as possible for the child."

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