Wanganui Collegiate School

Continued NZEI Dishonesty

Primary teachers continue to be poorly served by the NZEI. Their national secretary Paul Goulter once again insults the NZ public. This time by lying while complaining about the integration of Wanganui Collegiate School and implying a link to Charter Schooling in NZ.

Clearly hoping for a greater tragedy than the school being supported by government Goulter complains about the $3.8 million spent to save the school and the $1200 per student subsidy private schools receive.

Either the maths is beyond Mr Goulter (incompetence) or he is dishonest. Some simple and conservative calculations show that Wanganui Collegiate School existing for even the last twenty years has saved the taxpayer in excess of $65 million. That is based on 450 students multiplied by $7500 (the difference between full funding and paying the private school subsidy) times 20 years minus the $3.8 million. Over the full life of the school it is many times that but the picture is already clear.

When will the teacher unions be honest about why they disagree with education decisions (i.e. ideology) instead of trying to fudge figures at every turn?

In terms of the dollars – Partnership Schooling will also be, at worst, fiscally neutral.