PPTA members are so fragile that when the Minster of Education suggests that they try to pronounce the names of students correctly they are; “outraged” and Robin Duff considers suggesting to suggest names should be pronounced well is a “low blow” and even “dangerous”.

Student achievement appears to only be cynically considers as Duff says getting 5 out of 5 kids is an “overused manta”.

Ms Parata also reiterated her goal of raising student achievement.

“Those are our challenges. We all need to be able to meet them so that five out of five of our learners can, and will be successful. That is the challenge to the New Zealand education system.”

Mr Duff said the minister’s call for five out of five students to be achieving had become an “overused mantra”.

PPTA continuing to serve teachers and students in a bizarre manner.

Meanwhile a teacher emails me and writes that the worst surname screw up he has ever made was….


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