As weÂ haveÂ seen there has been attacks in the media on Catherine Isaac and her supposed lack of qualifications in the Education sector. This somehow is supposed to discount her fromÂ participatingÂ in or chairing the committee responsible for overseeing the implementation of Charter Schools.
This is really the elitism of tenured education staff and their fervant belief that only the teacher unions are allowed a say about eduction. It is typical socialist we-know-best attitudes.
Nanaia Mahuta jumped right in:
Labour’s education spokeswoman Nanaia Mahuta said Ms Isaac’s appointment was political opportunism from the Act Party.
“I see it as no surprise. She has strong linked to the Act Party and they’re putting in one of their mates to push along their ideology.
But if you look at her lifetime at the public trough you can see she is actually far less qualified to talk on anything, let alone education, yet for some reason the union dominated Labour party has seen fit to appoint her as Education spokesperson. I think that everytime Ms Mahuta opens her gob to talk about Education she is told to sit back down until she has done her time in the education sector.
Then there is Catherine Delahunty:
Green education spokeswoman Catherine Delahunty today described Isaac’s pending appointment as ”disturbing”.
”The trial now looks like a joke.
”It shows this is nothing to do with education, it’s to do with the Government’s agenda to turn the education system into a business opportunity.”
Isaac’s three terms as a school trustee did not qualify her for the role, said Delahunty, who has also been a school trustee.
”This is a major political platform for education. It is a change in direction. It is not something for amateurs.”
Catherine Delahunty should take her own advice and STFU about education as well. She isn’t even remotely qualified to even issue press releases on the subject. I find it highly ironic that her favourite recipe is for a fruitcake.
It was nice of the opposition to focus on qualifications for speaking about education. Now they can just shut up.