April 15, 2013
Charter model has failed minorities
Labour’s Associate Education spokesperson says New Zealand shouldn’t be following models that have failed overseas.
Teachers and their supporters held marches on Saturday to protest the Government’s education reforms, including national standards and publicly funded, privately run charter schools.
Nanaia Mahuta says charter or partnership schools are being touted as a way to address Māori educational under-achievement and there is already enough flexibility in the state system to allow Māori communities to contribute to their children’s education.
“Charter schools won’t be accountable to the community. They’ll be accountable to the sponsor of the charter school and it’s a private agreement between the sponsor and the minister. The other thing charter schools, in other countries where they’re suppose to address the achievement of poorer kids or vulnerable kids. They’re not doing a great job so why are we following a failed model,” Nanaia Mahuta says.
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