NZEI – the real story

Having been forced into a humiliating backdown over National Standards, the NZEI has finally revealed its true reasons for trying to deny parents the information they want on exactly how their kids are doing at school, and what the school is going to do to make things right.

The education sector union NZEI Te Riu Roa is banding together with two other educational organisations to fight the use of misleading “National Standards” information being used to compare schools.

NZEI, along with the New Zealand Principals Federation (NZPF) and the Boards Taking Action Coalition (BTAC) share very real concerns over the potential misuse of flawed “National Standards” data on student achievement.

School communities will soon face the requirement to submit “National Standards” data into the Education Ministry which would then be available to be constructed into school league tables.

NZEI is making this joint statement with NZPF and BTAC:

“We believe that participation in a process that would use unreliable and nationally inconsistent data to form league tables poses a serious threat to New Zealand’s highly successful quality public education system, to teacher professionalism, to the well-being of schools and their communities and ultimately, to our children’s learning”.

The threat of “National Standards” information being used unfairly is now very real says NZEI President Ian Leckie.

Let’s ignore the fact that these three “educational organisations” are actually the NZEI under different titles.

Quite simply, the union doesn’t want any school or teacher being identified as under-performing.

Forget the notion of the Government getting info so it can do something to help the kids. The union would rather protect the bad teachers.

They are scared that journalists will OIA the information and create league tables – showing the good and bad schools, and allow parents to decide which schools they reckon will do a good job of educating their children.

And we can’t have that, can we comrade?

So, here’s a Whale warning for journos. Over the next few months the NZEI under its various names is going to do everything it can to hide information from you, argue it shouldn’t be released, or say that the data isn’t sound.

And you’ll know why.

The campaign is already underway to spread the nastiness among parents and students, and in the next couple of days I’ll be posting one of the worst examples yet.


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  • diabolos

    Please keep on their case Cam – i dont have kids at school – but i feel for parents who must put up with their lack of choice and empowerment.

    I dont agree with Tolleys approach – but schools in their currently self governing mode have an aversion to being measured by anyone or anything except the extremely limited and ‘hedged about’ activities of ERO – and they easily pull the wool over ERO’s eyes due to the extreme constraints on ERO’s ability to dig and delve and require compliance. Its not ERO’s fault – they and the MOE are rendered toothless by poofy limpwristed legislation and policy. And it all is a cost on the taxpayer.

    Dont stop Cam – please pursue this one to the bitter end.

  • notavictim

    Bring it on WO, keep hounding these self serving fuckers.

  • Dilbert

    As the parent of a child who will be starting school next year please keep up the great work in ensuring teachers and schools will be able to be held to account for their performance (or lack of it).

    Thanks for all your efforts to date.

  • Mark

    I’m with diabolos on this one – these pinko teachers need to know we want accountability and results for our children.

  • JK

    Well done, Whale. Keep exposing them. It is truly time for them to be accountable. And it is time for the unions to pull their heads in and to become positive, constructive members of the society again.

  • Bloody good show

    While I think National Standards will help to guide parents in choosing a good school, the problem is most parents will just assume quite wrongly that the best schools are the ones with the highest pass rates?

  • thor42

    Good stuff WO – keep it up!
    The bloody teachers unions are the last remnant of bloodyminded 1950s clothcap unionism. Everything else in the world can change, but not them. Bastards. Tolley has been WAY too soft on them.
    A pity that we can’t just dig up Muldoon, clone him and set him onto the unions.
    Either that or get Chris Christie over here (the guy who hammered the teacher unions in New Jersey).
    That would be bloody GREAT.

  • Dion

    > Either that or get Chris Christie over here

    I wonder how Crusher would go with the education portfolio?