October 08, 2012
Minister rubbing education sector the wrong way
Labour’s education spokesperson says Education Minister Hekia Parata’s reform agenda will fail if she doesn’t listen to teachers.
Ms Parata came under fire for lecturing the Post Primary Teachers Association conference on the proper pronunciation of Maori children’s names.
Nanaia Mahuta says that was a diversionary attack by a minister under fire for national standards and the heavy-handed way she is going about closing or merging Christchurch schools.
“If you want to implement any change in the education sector you have to have the education professionals alongside you, not against you, and it seems she continues to rub the sector up the wrong way when she should be collaborating and working with them to look towards good reform, ultimately for all our kids, who need to have the very best education in their local school,” she says.
Ms Mahuta says because Hekia Parata refused advice from the sector, the national standards is being used by media to rank schools based on incomplete and inaccurate data.