Oh. No. You. Didn’t.
Schools face takeover if pupils failing
Schools where children are failing exams could be taken over by the Government as the Education Minister warns staff need to be held accountable for students’ performance.
The availability of more data on how schools are faring, such as national standards results, would help that happen. The scenario has been dubbed “frightening” by one principal, while another said schools should not be blamed for situations beyond their control.
Let’s be 1000% honest shall we? National Standards never were about lifting educational achievement. They are there to create league tables to inject a false competition model into education and alongside charter schools with their unregistered teachers, are a blatant attempt to devalue teachers to save costs.
It is an ideologically driven fantasy to dismantle the highly unionized teaching profession. NZ has one of the best public education systems in the world and where it fails is with children decimated by the reality of poverty. Rather than deal to the causes of that poverty and its impact on educational standards, John Key and the National Government want to implement a right wing experiment under the guise of educational achievement simply to save dollars long term while helping out their mates in private education.
Using National Standards to now threaten taking over schools is simply a recipe to teach to the standards and inflate results. The horror would be that Hekia’s true agenda is to re-start those schools as Charter schools.
How private military charter schools and teaching creationism with unregistered teachers is supposed to be the cure all to educational underachievement is one of the great mysteries of the 21st century.
Education has 99 problems, Hekia Parata and this Government are about 98 of them.