Education Minister Hekia Parata still hasn’t explained how the government is going to fill the $114 million hole left in the education budget as a result of her backdown on bigger class sizes, Labour’s Education spokesperson 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 »
News that Novopay is here to stay comes as no surprise given the system’s hasty implementation has left the government with little option but to ride out the difficulties, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins said.
Charter school teachers should have the same qualifications and accountabilities as those in public schools, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.
The National Government’s decision to slash the very successful Te Kotahitanga programme shows just how hollow its rhetoric about improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged students really is, says Chris Hipkins, Labour’s Education spokesperson.
If perennial fence-sitter Peter Dunne has pulled support for charter schools there can be no argument that this is bad policy, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.
School staff and the public will be dumbfounded this afternoon at being asked to stomach yet another major mistake by Novopay providerTalent2, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.
Hekia Parata’s decision to roll-out Novopay has now cost taxpayers as much in six months as it would have cost over six years to keep the previous teachers’ payroll system running, says Chris Hipkins, Labour’s Education spokesperson.