This can’t be good: Principals Federation, Teachers unions happy with Education Minister Nikki Kaye

As a rule of thumb, when a Union is happy with a National minister, alarm bells should ring.

New Education Minister Nikki Kaye wants children to be “digitally fluent, healthy and well-rounded” – a much wider focus than the Government’s previous emphasis on the “three Rs”.

Education sector groups welcomed the new approach after years of battling former Education Ministers Anne Tolley and Hekia Parata over having to report on whether primary school children achieved national standards in reading, writing and mathematics.

“Good for her, she’s listening!” said NZ Principals Federation president Whetu Cormick, who urged a wider approach when he met Kaye yesterday.

Post-Primary Teachers Association president Jack Boyle, who met Kaye on Monday, said it was “heartening” that she was responding to concerns that the standards were forcing schools to “narrow” the curriculum.

The question is, then, how come so many kids are failing to meet standards of the “three Rs” in the current curriculum?

I love healthy, well-rounded and digitally confident students.  But only if they are confident with the rest.


As for Kaye, let’s hope all the approbation is just because she’s new.  Because normally a happy lot of principals and teacher unions isn’t a good thing.


– Lincoln Tan, NZ Herald


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