A good idea for Hekia to implement

Hekia Parata should bring in this development to the education sector:

UNDERPERFORMING teachers will be sacked in a landmark education reform that will be rolled out nationally.

In return for signing the federal government’s teacher hiring policy, aimed at improving standards, the O’Farrell government will be offered a handout of more than $12 million.

In a move that will break the long-standing deadlock about whether principals can hire and fire, school management will be given free rein on recruitment and management of teachers and support staff.

School boards and councils will also take over budget control and strategic planning, giving parents a greater role in school operations. They will also be given the right to set salaries for teachers and contracts for school maintenance.

“To get the best results we need principals to have the powers to get and keep the best teachers,” Prime Minister Julia Gillard told The Daily Telegraph yesterday.

I wonder if David Shearer will adopt this Labor party policy.

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