Kate Gainsford

McCarten calls for heads

? Herald on Sunday

Matt McCarten has called for the ehads of organisations that make big losses:

But the ultimate poke in the eye is not far away, with Auckland Port on the verge of formally giving up on its campaign to contract the jobs of their wharfies. After endless posturing, thousands of dollars in lost wages for each of their employees, tens of millions of dollars in lost business and additional costs to clients, I think the port’s managers should take a leaf out of their counterparts at ACC and resign – if it pans out as I expect.

That is a grand suggestion of Matt McCarten and if that is his benchmark I look forward to him calling for the heads of the CTU, EPMU, Unite and PPTA unions…all of which have made big losses, in the millions, of members money.

Fat chance we will see the same accountability for Helen Kelly,?Andrew Little,?Matt McCarten and?Kate Gainsford that is demanded of the managers and board of the Ports of Auckland.

The hypocrisy of teacher unions

The PPTA President Kate Gainsford has called on Anne Tolley to sack the board of Auckland Grammar School for phasing out NCEA and daring to offer an alternative.

Education Minister Anne Tolley has been urged to sack the board of Auckland Grammar School after its “brazen attack on the credibility of the NCEA”.

In a leaked letter obtained by The Dominion Post, secondary teachers’ union president Kate Gainsford accuses Mrs Tolley of a “timid” response and spells out five steps she should take now that Auckland Grammar has declared its intention to ditch NCEA in year 11, except for maths and English exams for weaker pupils.

Ms Gainsford, president of the Post-Primary Teachers’ Association, tells Mrs Tolley in the letter that she should make a clear statement in support of NCEA, publicly criticise Auckland Grammar and order it to use NCEA, sack the board of trustees if it refuses to comply, make NCEA a legal requirement, and halt taxpayer funds for exam systems which compete with NCEA ? such as the University of Cambridge system that Auckland Grammar prefers.

“Your refusal to be interviewed on the matter, and merely releasing a written statement that you have full confidence in the NCEA, was in our view a very timid response to a very direct attack,” her letter states.

I wonder perhaps if Kate Gainsford also wants the boards of all the schools who refused to implement National Standards late last year sacked as well?

There is of course a difference between the two cases, but not one that helps Kate Gainsford. Auckland Grammar is actually offering a superior qualification system, one that it has been using for some considerable time. It s position also isn’t a political one, it is fact and evidence based and educational. The NZEI and Prinicpals Associartion led protest against National Standards never offered an alternative, simply a refusal to implement government policy.

NCEA is but one method of legally acceptable standards and testing, Cambridge is another, Auckland Grammar School is simply following the doirections of its parents and offering a superior education measurement system. It isn’t refusing point blank like the National Standards protestors were.

If Kate Gainsford had even a modicum of?humility?she would withdraw and apologise. She won’t of course because it is purely a political point she is trying to make and a chance to bash rich parents at a rich school.