Herald editorial hits Hipkins hard

The NZ Herald editorial yesterday calls out Hipkins for his blatant lies over the closing down of 11 Charter Schools:

Charter schools do not seem to be a problem. We have not heard or read complaints from parents whose children attend them, or from those who inspect them, teach in them or have anything to do with them. They were not an issue in an election campaign. So why has Education Minister Chris Hipkins moved so quickly to abolish them?

There is a long, long line of teachers at State schools before the disciplinary tribunal and the courts… but none from Charter schools.

He calls them “ideological” but his stated reason sounds more ideological. “The Government’s strong view is that there is no place for them in the New Zealand education system,” he said.

Why? They do not interfere with state schools, they get public money that would have to be spent to educate the pupils anyway. They provide the national curriculum but do in slightly different ways that, they say, help some children who were not succeeding in conventional schools.

Very good points, and one also has to ask: Why it is that Chris Hipkins and Jacinda Ardern are closing down full schools when they are keeping open empty ones without a single pupil?

Furthermore, the state system has long managed to co-exist with integrated religious schools and other of “special character” which it partly funds. In fact the charter schools Hipkins is determined to close by the end of this year have been given the option of applying for a designated character status that hopefully will enable them to continue functioning just as they are.

But why put the 11 schools and their 1300 students through the uncertainty over the next few months?

The only reason seems to be that the Act Party conceived them and Labour opposed them, along with the teachers’ unions. It is a knee-jerk ideological decision from the new Government and that is sad.

The only person being ideological in his approach is Chris Hipkins as he takes his orders directly from the teacher unions.

If Charter schools are not an efficient use of public funds, or are failing to deliver for students, then let’s see the proof of it. So far none has been produced and, in fact, the evidence suggest the opposite of what Chris Hipkins suggests.

No other schools are delivering for these students, and this government is intent on shutting down successful schools whilst keeping empty schools open.


-NZ Herald

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