After reading about this story I contacted the Ministry of Education by e-mail and asked them the following questions.
- Can you please tell us what action if any is going to be taken to address the discriminatory behaviour of the PPTA and the school towards the Student teacher?
- What has the Ministry said to the PPTA and the school that withdrew the student teacher’s placement?
- What consequences if any will there be for the PPTA and the school after denying the Student teacher equal access and opportunity to a State School for placement?
- What further action if any will the Ministry be taking in order to protect the Student teacher’s human right to equal access to training regardless of his sex, race, age, religion or place of employment?
- Does the Ministry believe that the PPTA have broken the law and that they have a case to answer with the Human Rights commission?
- Does the Ministry believe that Tikipunga High School has broken the law and that they have a case to answer to the Human rights commission?
- The Ministry has acknowledged that the PPTA has no responsibility or authority to influence these decisions. Are there any rules that the PPTA has broken that you can bring to our attention? Is there a piece of legislation that you can provide us with that states whose responsibility and authority it is to influence this kind of decision?
I also said…
I realise that some of my questions are very similar. I do not expect them all to be answered. Please answer the ones that you think are most pertinent and that you can answer most comprehensively.
I received a response today from Dr Graham Stoop, Deputy Secretary of Student Achievement: