Chris Hipkins’ 100 policies in 100 days

Labour MP Chris Hipkins

Chipper Chippy is chomping at the bit to get education changed.  No sooner has he been contradicting the prime minister, he’s off making other changes.

Nikki Kaye responds

Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ decision to take away parents’ ability to have their children start school in the weeks before their fifth birthday is nanny-state and ideologically driven, National Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says.

“National made changes to give schools and parents the option of enrolling children in groups at the start of each term. This means some children, at the request of their parents, can start school at the most eight weeks before their fifth birthday rather than waiting until the next term,” Ms Kaye says.

“However the Education Minister believes he knows better than parents and will change the law so that children cannot start school before the age of five.

“The law change will mean that some children will have to wait longer than their fifth birthday to start at the school that their parents have chosen for them if that school has adopted cohort entry.

“The good news is that the Minister appears to be saying that cohort entry for children five and over will stay in the law and can be adopted by schools that want it.

“Cohort entry is about helping children to settle better in school. Many parents know that a child arriving at school on their own can feel self-conscious and out of place. Experts on early learning argued for this change because they believe it will make the transition easier. We also know that some schools were already doing cohort entry as they consider it offers kids the best start to their school life.

“National backs schools to know what is right for their community and believes in parents being able to choose when the right time to send their child to school is.

“This is the latest example of the Labour Party deciding it knows better than parents, following their decision to deny parents the choice to take paid parental leave together. New Zealanders know what is best for themselves and their families.”

The whole point of a Labour-led government is to destroy society dominated marriage and parents and replace them with the state as the parent and the provider.

And it works too.  Until the money runs out.  And then we are going to be fighting over the last roll of toilet paper.

A self-sufficient and self-reliant society cannot be dependent on a state that gets its money from taking it back from the very people it wants to hand it back to.

It has been tried many times, and socialism has failed to survive as a long-term strategy.

And if Chris Hipkins keeps up this mad rate of changes, I don’t believe he’ll survive as a minister for much longer either.


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