October 25, 2016
Parata focus unwavering to give every child a great education
Education Minister Hekia Parata says there is still a lot she wants to do in the portfolio before she leaves parliament at the next election.
The National list MP last week steered through the most significant package of reforms since the Tomorrow’s Schools reforms, providing a legislative framework for initiatives like more flexible schooling hours, having principal shared across schools, and allowing tertiary institutions and whare wananga to sponsor partnership schools or kura hourua.
She says she will go after devoting a decade to politics, more than half of that time as a minister.
"I’m still in my dream job as Minister of Education, I'm not going anywhere any time soon and in fact the passage of the education legislation on Thursday occurred after my announcement so there is still more to go and I remain as focused and unwavering in my attention of how we get every kid the opportunity of a great education," Ms Parata says.
She has not thought yet what she will do after politics.
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