New education law a ‘crime against humanity’

No, not here in New Zealand but in the UK. A teachers union has called a education policy a “crime against humanity”.

A teachers’ union leader was criticised last night after using Twitter to brand new education legislation a “crime against humanity”.

Patrick Roach, deputy general secretary of the NASUWT, which represents around 230,000 teachers in England and Wales, made the comments in relation to the new Education Act.

The legislation – which gained Royal Assent last week – gives the Government increased powers to intervene and close down failing schools.

It also paves the way for more academies and free schools to be created – independent from local authority control.

But in a speech over the weekend, Dr Roach said that the Education Act was a “crime against humanity, a smash and grab raid that will tear apart our communities”.

He added: “We must not fall into traps that have been set for us. We need to reclaim progressive values within our schools and classrooms.”

Marlene Campbell has already described Anne Tolley as Hitler and Goebbels, she can’t be far off describing National Standards as a “crime against humanity”.

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