Unions cock-a-hoop at ACT’s demise

With David Seymour ruling himself out being part of any new government and Bill English already stating he won’t be needed, this has caused understandable hope in the education sector.

‘We may not know the shape of the next Government yet,’ said Whetu Cormick, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF), ‘but we are very hopeful that education will be a winner,’ he said.

As the NZ First party takes centre stage in the coalition negotiations, educators across the country are buoyed by the fact that NZ First’s education policies are well aligned with the sector’s own thinking.

‘We welcome NZ First into the mix,’ said Cormick, ‘because all of their education policies are based on the philosophy of maintaining a high quality public education system.’

‘NZ First believes in equity funding and would abolish mandatory national standards and the relentless obsession with data collection. They strongly support schools being equipped to serve special needs students adequately and have a very strong focus on a broad, rich curriculum,’ he said

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Primary and ECE teachers, principals, support staff, Local MPs and MPs with an education focus will be attending NZEI Te Riu Roa’s Annual Conference, which will be held at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre from 1-4 October.

NZEI President Lynda Stuart said the timing of the conference was ideal, as it enabled educators to highlight the importance of having policies that would put the best interests of children at the heart of any coalition deal.

“We’re really optimistic of major progress on the funding and quality of education in the next Government,” she said.

“New Zealand First is likely to have a significant influence on the shape of any future Government. It has campaigned strongly on many policies that NZEI members also want progress on, and we’re fully expecting NZ First to take these policies to the bargaining table.”

Will additional Charter Schools be allowed to start up?  Will existing ones be allowed to continue under the current expectations, conditions and funding?

Without ACT part of the next government, National would have to be willing to not give into NZ First.  Labour and NZ First would be unlikely to allow the Charter School ‘experiment’ to continue.

Perhaps ACT’s rush in declaring itself part of the opposition was a little short-sighted.


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