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Public Meeting: Education Important For West Akld

Media Release
2 September 2008

From NZEI Te Riu Roa West Auckland Branch

For use immediately



7:30pm, Thur, 18th Sept,
Unitec Lecture Theatre,
Ratanui Street,

The West Auckland Branch of NZEI Te Riu Roa has organised an election meeting where all major political parties will outline their education policies. The meeting is open to all people who work in education and any member of the public who has a concern for our childrens' future.

"Education is going to be an important issue during the 2008 election for our children, parents and communities in West Auckland," says NZEI Te Riu Roa West Auckland Spokesperson - Anna Lee. The Meeting will be addressed by the Minister of Education Chris Carter and representatives from the main political parties including The Greens, Maori Party , NZ First, and Nats.

"Education is crucial to the future of New Zealand and by and large people can be assured that their children receive a good education", says Anna Lee. "There are however some pressing issues that need to be addressed in education. These include class sizes, funding for public schools, fair pay for low wage support staff, continuation of the '20 Hours Free Early Childhood Education', keeping schools in public ownership and special education."

During election year the public and NZEI members are looking at the education policies each political party has.

"We don't want education to go backward" says Anna Lee "but we do want to see what progressive education policies each political party will campaign on in 2008."


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