School support staff are the unsung heroes of our education system and deserve our respect and gratitude for the enormous contribution they make, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.
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 »
Another day, another official from the Ministry of Education falling on their sword, and yet there is still no sign that the Ministers responsible for the Novopay debacle are being held to account, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
There is about as much integrity in the National Standards data as there is in the senseless waffle Hekia Parata uses to justify it, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.
Hekia Parata needs to stop blaming everyone else and accept responsibility for signing-off Novopay – despite glaring inadequacies in the information she was relying on, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.
The most profound failing in the Novopay debacle is that of the ministers responsible, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.
The fate of Canterbury’s schools looks to have been settled with little regard for the opinions of those that matter most – parents, boards and teachers, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.
All Kiwi kids deserve fully qualified teachers in their classrooms, and the Maori Party has the power to guarantee they get them, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.
Education Minister Hekia Parata’s latest decision to keep Salisbury School open is the right one – it’s just a shame it took a court ruling, relentless community work and a major dose of negative press to bring the Minister round, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.
Taxpayers will fork out another $2 million for auditors to deal with the mountain of complications created by Novopay, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins has revealed.