Hundreds of public servants are currently spending hundreds of thousands – if not millions - of dollars in taxpayer money on an overseas trip.
This is money which should have been spent in their schools on books, computers – maybe even breakfast.
This absolute scandal is the work of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation. For some bizarre reason, known only to themselves, their annual conference is taking place in Melbourne over the next few days.
It is will known that Principals use school funds to pay for these trips, which no doubt they will have told their board of trustees is all about “information-sharing”.
Let’s look at the (conservative) costs:
Flights – the best part of $1000 each.
Registration – around $800 each
Hotels – at least $600 for three nights
Food – at least $100 a day.
Taxis – $100 from airport in to Melbourne.
On top of this throw in a nice black-tie dinner and a river cruise – both essential for making sure kids can read and write.
NZPF usually gets around 700 at its conferences. It would be very hard for each school to spend less than $2500 on their troughing principal.
I make that well over $1.5 million of taxpayer money which schools are paying for their “leaders” to plot more nastiness.
This is a disgrace. We want our money back.