Are NZEI/PPTA Still Complacent?

As the PPTA turn their attention to “fighting the government” there is further proof that the one size fits all, union controlled, model they advocate is screwing things up for NZ children while the world races ahead.

The government has acknowledged the education system must be improved after two international reports showed poor student performance in reading, maths and science.

In a rare admission, Education Minister Hekia Parata says there are “persistent signs of under-performance” with many children lacking basic skills and knowledge.

“The findings of these studies must serve as a wake-up call,” she said on Tuesday night.

“We cannot take for granted that our overall achievement at the senior end of our system can be maintained if we do not improve the system all the way through.”

Ms Parata says the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study were completed between November 2010 and October 2011 for years five and nine students.

“They show marked drops in maths and science achievement, particularly at middle primary school level, and no improvements in reading literacy,” she said.

“Unfortunately, these results show that we are either standing still or falling behind in reading, maths and science – we must pay urgent attention to what these studies tell us and tackle some system-wide changes.”

Well and truly time for NZ parents in every centre to demand better. It is not about money – New Zealand is the highest OECD spender. Time for Charter Schools to be given the opportunity to change the playing field and challenge to negativity of the status quo for many children and families.

Time also to stop listening to the various teacher unions. THey are part of the problem not part of the solution.