Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Secretary for Education the fall guy for inept Minister

19 December 2012

Secretary for Education the fall guy for inept Minister

The Public Service Association says it’s clear that the Secretary for Education has become the fall guy for an inept Minister.

Lesley Longstone, who came from Britain to take up the position, has resigned after just a year in the job.

PSA National Secretary Brenda Pilott says the resignation has undoubtedly come as the result of Ministerial pressure and interference.

“Lesley Longstone was put under enormous pressure by the Education Minister. She has been forced to front the issues while the Minister has consistently ducked for cover. It’s time for Hekia Parata to take some responsibility for her own mismanagement rather than making others pay the price.”

The PSA also believes it’s time for the States Services Commission to take stock of the way it appoints and supports chief executives.

Mrs Longstone’s resignation follows the resignation of Work and Income head Janet Grossman who was also headhunted from Britain, but returned earlier this year after just nine months in the position.

Brenda Pilott says “the Commission needs to think long and hard about making overseas appointments and consider the unique complexities, demands and pressures of the New Zealand context.”

“High level public sector management requires not only competence but a deep understanding and experience of the issues past and present.”

“Lesley Longstone was allowed to walk into the eye of a storm. I think it’s fair to question whether she was armed with the right knowledge and experience to weather it, and whether she was given adequate support – particularly in the face of strong Ministerial challenges and very high political stakes,” says Brenda Pilott.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Album Review: Donnie Trumpet And The Social Experiments: Surf

Chance the Rapper is one of my favourite rappers of the last couple years. He bought a uniquely fucked up, acid sound with his debut Acid Rap which has demonstrably influenced others including ILoveMakonnen and A$AP Rocky. It’s remarkable that, at such a ... More>>

Photos: Inside The Christchurch Arts Centre Rebuild

Lady Pippa Blake visited Christchurch Arts Centre chief executive André Lovatt, a 2015 recipient of the Blake Leader Awards. The award celebrated Lovatt’s leadership in New Zealand and hisand dedication to the restoration of the Arts Centre. More>>

Running Them Up The Flagpole: Web Tool Lets Public Determine New Zealand Flag

A School of Design master’s student is challenging the flag selection process by devising a web tool that allows the public to feed their views back in a way, he says, the current government process does not. More>>

ALSO:

Survey: ‘The Arts Make My Life Better’: New Zealanders

New Zealanders are creative people who believe being involved in the arts makes their lives better and their communities stronger. Nine out of ten adult New Zealanders (88%) agree the arts are good for them and eight out of ten (82%) agree that the arts help to improve New Zealand society. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Reprieve For Te Papa Press

Following its review of the role of Te Papa Press, Te Papa has committed to continue publishing books during the museum’s redevelopment, Chief Executive Rick Ellis announced yesterday. More>>

Law Society: Sir Peter Williams QC, 1934 - 2015

“Sir Peter was an exceptional advocate. He had the ability to put the defence case for his clients with powerful oratory. His passion shone through in everything he did and said.” Mr Moore says Sir Peter’s lifelong commitment to prison reform was instrumental in ensuring prison conditions and the rights of prisoners were brought to public attention. More>>

ALSO:

CTU: Peter Conway – Family Statement

Peter committed his whole working life to improving the lives of working people, both in unions and, more recently, as the Economist and Secretary of the Council of Trade Unions. He was previously Chair of Oxfam New Zealand and was on the Board of NZ Trade and Enterprise. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news