“World Class” education or the system is failing?

Have you ever noticed that when the media and the teacher unions are attacking charter schools they always describe New Zealand schools as world-class? Our teachers are the best in the world they tell us, there is no need for charter schools. Our Maori and Pacific students are doing just fine they tell us; they are not falling through the cracks.
When a story is not about charter schools then all of a sudden the cracks are allowed to show. Have you noticed that they always claim that the education system is failing when they are attacking the Government?
To prove my point here are some quotes.

The primary school system is in trouble. It is failing some of the young pupils who can least afford to be left behind, and it is struggling to attract talented young New Zealanders to a career in the country’s classrooms. Out of nearly 60,000 youngsters who finished Year 8 in 2014 – 12-year-olds on the cusp of their high school years – a staggering 17,900 could not meet writing requirements, 18,500 were behind in maths and 12,700 struggled with reading.

…All is not well at the front of the classroom either. Teaching, once an appealing and rewarding career option, is now seen by potential recruits as a “Plan B” job.

…In the case of the primary sector, the Government invested $250 million in six years to lift achievement in literacy and numeracy and measure progress through national standards. The results, as the figures demonstrate, are dispiriting.

… the inescapable and uncomfortable reality is that far too many children are not succeeding in class.

-A Newspaper

Reforms have already been initiated by education minister Hekia Parata…A trial of charter schools is underway for “priority” students.

…Before talking about solutions, it’s important to note that New Zealand’s education system is still extremely good. We have a world-class curriculum and our best schools match the best schools anywhere.

More than 85 percent of children leave high school with a qualification. Retention and dropout is improving. From 2013 to 2014 the percentage of 18-year-olds with at least NCEA Level 2 increased by 2.6 percentage points, to 81.2 percent, with some of the biggest gains made by Maori and Pasifika students.

-A Newspaper

“The bottom line is we know there are better ways for the $25 million (for charter schools) could have been spent.

“We have a world class education system and PPTA members have shown we are willing to fight for it. That we will continue to fight for it and for the solutions which will actually benefit the children most in need,” he said.

-Scoop Media

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