No transparency from Labour about Partnership schools

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The Villa Education Trust which is responsible for two Partnership schools, South Auckland Middle school and Middle School West Auckland has for the past three years taken part in the Minister of Education initiated external evaluation of Partnership Schools known as the Martin Jenkins report.

In 2017 it required every student to complete an independently supervised survey on satisfaction, progress and perceptions. A similar survey was sent home to the parents of every current student as well as the parents of past students. Alwyn Poole who is the Academic Advisor to both schools has read the 2017 Martin Jenkins Report for both schools and has said that the results “are simply outstanding.”

He also had this to say…

In 2015 & 2016 well before the end of that year the schools and the overseeing group (Evaluation Working Group – EWG) were able to read and comment on the report.

We are aware that the draft report has been completed for 2017 – quite a while ago. At this point the Ministry has shared it with no one – going against previous practices – and will not provide a date for forwarding the draft to the EWG, schools or any hint on public release. Very unusual for a new and “transparent” government.

We know the results are great. We know the draft will contain significant details about just how pleased students and families are with the VET schools. Given the debate around this type of school this information is very much in the public interest.

The Minister has said several times that he won’t comment on things while negotiations are underway. Please note – there are no negotiations that have begun with the schools – merely a suggested meeting date and a vacuum of information – highly unethical when dealing with the education and well-being of young people.

Where is the transparency that Jacinda Ardern promised us?

Why is the government suppressing the outstanding results as revealed by the 2017 Martin Jenkins report?

Why is the minister saying that negotiations are underway when there are no negotiations underway?

All the schools were left hanging over the Christmas break with zero information on what Hitman Hipkins has planned for them. There has been no transparency from Labour whatsoever about Partnership schools. Instead, information has been suppressed and the schools have been kept in the dark.

Hitman: Education Minister Chris Hipkins plans to eliminate Partnership schools
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