Schools are being tied up in red tape by the National Government and our kids learning is suffering because of it, Labour’s Education spokesman Chris Hipkins says.
As the school year winds to a close, Labour’s acting Education spokesperson, Chris Hipkins presents Hekia Parata’s 2012 Report Card, where she is assessed against National’s Standards.
CLASS SIZES: Hekia Parata promised so much with her project to increase class sizes, but delivered so little. Hekia assured us she could save money and improve teacher quality by jamming more kids into each class. But she had not done her homework and was forced to abandon the entire premise. An embarrassing effort.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: This is a group project, and Hekia has been hamstrung by having to work with little Johnny Banks. There was no mandate for this experiment in privatised, profit-driven schooling, and no-one is convinced by the idea of allowing unregistered teachers in front of the classroom. Poorly thought through and going nowhere.
SALISBURY SCHOOL: Definitely not achieved. Planning to close Salisbury School was a clear breech of the rules. Hekia completely over-reached and got shot down in the Courts. Another embarrassing failure. Read the rest of this entry »
The global decline of New Zealand’s education system has turned into a free-fall under National, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
Potential charter school applicants have been put on notice that the legislation allowing for their creation will be repealed as soon as there is a change of government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
The National government’s agenda to corporatize and privatise the education system is becoming clearer by the day, Labour says.
Hekia Parata’s refusal to answer basic questions about the closure and merger of schools in Christchurch shows her utter contempt for the communities she is tearing apart, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
Education Ministry staff and contractors called in to assist with National’s Novopay debacle are costing the taxpayer a fortune in expertise and overtime, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.
Education Minister Hekia Parata today refused to rule out closing existing state schools in the Whanganui-Rangitikei following her decision to integrate Wanganui Collegiate, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
Vulnerable students in Wanganui are no closer to a ‘Collegiate Education’ despite millions of taxpayer dollars being spent integrating the private school, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.
Tomorrow marks the first birthday of National’s Novopay system, but you won’t find teachers and school staff celebrating, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.
If the Government is genuinely committed to doing everything possible to ensure children are safe it will make sure charter schools’ teachers face the same rigorous checks that those in state schools do, says Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins.