Time for a number of Christchurch schools to learn what the Government has in store for them. Earlier this year interim decisions for education restructuring in the city were made, seeing 19 schools closed or merged, and 12 kept open. Education Minister Hekia Parata will announce her final decisions on the proposals in Christchurch this afternoon.
To no-one’s surprise the Ombudsman has found that John Banks, the ‘official’ champion of charter schools (yeah, right – another story), had withheld information without valid reason, including: ‘Charter schools would get money for set up costs and property funding that their private-sector backers would be able to keep if a school folded.’ Excuse me? Overseas corporates will get paid to set up regimes to enable them to take profits from New Zealand children? Risk free and taxpayer funded?
If only Hekia Parata would try this here…fat chance..Steven Joyce and John Key think if they are neutral to unions then they won;t go to war with them…they are dreaming…the teacher unions already control a large chunk of Labour’s caucus…provide funding and WILL go to war with the government.
Education Minister Hekia Parata recommended that Wanganui Collegiate should not be integrated into the state system, but she was rolled by her Cabinet colleagues. If integration had not gone ahead, the private school would have closed last year, documents obtained under the Official Information Act show. Instead, it will now receive $3.1 million a year from the taxpayer, despite an oversupply of 1400 places in the state school system in the region.
For some, there’s a striking echo in how Education Minister Hekia Parata talks about the Government’s new “unrelenting focus on raising achievement for all students”. Last year, she set an explicit target that by 2017, at least 85% of 18-year-olds would have NCEA Level 2 or its equivalent. Already, 100% pass rates are not uncommon, and the 2012 NCEA results, released last month, show pass rates steadily tracking u