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The Principals’ Federation has held a vote and voted against National Standards.

Secondary school principals say they no longer have confidence in the government’s education policy.

The New Zealand Principals’ Federation, consisting of 750 education leaders, have passed a vote of no confidence at a conference in Wellington today.

President Peter Simpson said principals have reached a point of despair as they feel their concerns about National Standards have been ignored.

It is all a bit silly because their vote matters not  a bit. They are required to as civil servants to implement government policy so it is best they stop the pathetic politicking and get on with the job they are paid to do.

I bet if we held a vote of parents that they would pass a vote of no confidence in teachers and the NZPF. In fact I think now that the NZPF have shown such blatent political bias then the government should review th almost 100% government funding of their organisation as one of the “nice to haves” that can have the razor taken to it.

Their president, Peter Simpson, banged on about National Standards as usual in his speech – but there was no other content. Incredibly, there was no mention of bullying – or any other issues.

It is beyond belief that Principal’s think that they can ignore parents, who want National Standards, and ignore their minister and the government and parents, who want bullying stopped.

But when their president makes a speech that flips the bird at the government and parents and ends with the words:

“We will do what we know is right for children.”

You just know that they are truly in la-la land.

They will be gutted – only two journos turned up – Radio NZ (EI) and TV3.  And their buddies in RNZ even said on air that NZPF was losing the battle. And if their friends are saying it they are really in trouble.

The NZPF also try and claim that National’s figures of about one in five kids failing is wrong. They present their own numbers – 14 per cent – this represents 107,000 kids being allowed to fail by their member schools. If they know who these kids are – and they must do to know the number – then what are they doing about it and why are they still failing.

I think the government should show that they have lost confidence in some in the teaching profession and offer them alternate career options.

Labour meanwhile shows how out of touch they are with Sue Moron-ey calling for the sacking of Anne Tolley simply because 750 pinkos held a vote and say they don’t like her or National’s policy. If having pinkos hold a vote is the measure of whether someone should be sacked or fired then we wold have very few ministers.

I, on the other hand, think that if a minister has managed to annoy 750 pinko teachers then she must be doing something right. She should be promoted forth-with.


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