Chris Hipkins could solve this problem if he asked the experts

Credit: SB Whaleoil

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has asked the Ministry for advice about bringing down the price of uniforms because he sees the current high cost of uniforms for state secondary schools as a problem. He said, “we will look to put in place some guidelines around school uniforms. I don’t want to see schools making a big profit off the sale of school uniforms it seems to me it cuts against the New Zealand tradition of a free school education.”

If it is a “free school education” that Chris Hipkins is seeking then he is asking the wrong people if he is seeking advice from the Ministry. Asking a government department how to manage money is like screwing for virginity, pretty pointless. Experts in the area of cost saving and getting the most bang for your buck, providing not only a free school uniform but also free stationery as well as in some cases a free breakfast are not the Ministry officials but the Charter schools that as Jacinda Ardern’s Hitman he has been told to close down.

He should ask them the million dollar question. How is it that Partnership schools on the same annual funding as a State school manage to provide uniforms and stationery for free and pay their teachers more?

If State schools hired money managers specifically to manage their money if they were bulk funded instead of letting unqualified people like Principals try to manage the budget, free uniforms would be possible. Ask the Charter schools, they are living proof that it can be done.

Charter schools are the living embodiment of the New Zealand tradition of the free school education that Chris Hipkins claims to revere so much which leads to the obvious question…

Why is he closing them down?

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