Once again the Herald on Sunday has fallen for the Labour flunkies in education crying a river of tears to help them sell papers.
They have a story about over-crowed schools, they quote Malcolm Milner:
Auckland is growing up, in more ways than one – just ask Malcolm Milner. He is principal of an inner-city primary school about to embark on a project that will horrify many. Milner’s Balmoral School is set to grow from a fairly typical state school into a three- or even four-storey affair.
When Milner took the job at Balmoral School six years ago, the school roll was about 730. By the end of this year it is expected to top 855 and is forecast to reach almost 1000 by 2015.
“Huge primary schools are not something we have had in New Zealand before and people have to ask themselves if this is what we really want for our children,” Milner says. “This is something brought in by the Government by stealth and the public needs to be aware of what is going on.”
Milner says his school can’t keep eating into its playing fields for new classrooms.
“We are going to build to three storeys but can go up to four if needed,” he says. “I keep asking myself, how big does the Ministry of Education expect my school to get?
“As a country surely we cannot afford to see education as a monetary rather than a social priority. That would be disastrous. We need to start buying more land to build more schools rather than create high-rise institutions for our children.” Read more »