A ERO school inspector is sent to assess a Year 4 class in a local School. He is introduced to the class by the teacher.
She says to the class, “Let’s show the inspector just how clever you are by allowing him to ask you a question”.
The inspector reasons that normally in this integrated school class starts with religious instruction, so he will ask a biblical question.
He asks: “Class, who broke down the walls of Jericho?”
For a full minute there is absolute silence. Eventually, little Billy raises his hand.
Billy stands up and replies, “Sir, I do not know who broke down the walls of Jericho, but I can assure you it wasn’t me”.
Of course the inspector is shocked by the answer and the lack of knowledge of the famous bible story and he looks at the teacher for an explanation.
Realising that he is perturbed, the teacher says “Well, I’ve known Billy since the start of the year, and I believe that if he says that he didn’t do it then he didn’t do it”.
The inspector is even more shocked at this and storms down to the principal’s office and tells him what happened, to which the principal replies “I don’t know the boy, but I believe his teacher. If she feels that the boy is innocent, then he must be innocent”.
The inspector can’t believe what he is hearing. He grabs the phone on the principal’s desk and in a rage, dials Hekia Parata and rattles off the entire occurrence to her and asks her what she thinks of the education standard in the country.
Hekia sighs heavily and replies: “I don’t know the boy, the teacher or the principal, and never heard of the school, but just get three quotes and have the fucking wall fixed!!”