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

 


Rushed changes leave Christchurch school communities shocked

18 February 2013
Immediate Release

Rushed changes leave Christchurch school communities shocked

NZEI Te Riu Roa says the Government’s plans to merge and close schools in Christchurch are deeply flawed and have left many school communities stunned and angry.

National President Judith Nowotarski says the Government is rushing the closure and merger of schools and there are serious questions about the Ministry of Education’s capacity to make the changes within the proposed timeframe.

For instance, Phillipstown School, which had initially been earmarked for merger in four years time, will now be merged with Woolston School at the beginning of next year.

“We don’t believe the Ministry of Education has the capacity to do this within that short timeframe and this means that children’s education will be at risk.”

She says the pace appears to be set for political reasons rather than educational reasons.

“There is a big risk that children will end up being taught in hallways and school halls. This has happened in the past when schools have gone through these changes and where unrealistic timeframes were put in place.

“We know that the Christchurch recovery is going extremely slowly so we would ask how the education sector will make these changes well ahead of the pace of changes in the rest of Christchurch.

“Our top priority is to stand up for teachers, support staff and kids in Christchurch and support all schools to remain safe and stable environments where great teaching and learning can continue.

She says NZEI is committed to ensuring there are fair processes for all school staff through the next stage of the process.

“We have been in discussion with all schools in Christchurch and we will be offering a full range of assistance and support to those schools that have been targeted. This includes offering schools assistance as they undertake further engagement with their communities about whether to accept or fight the interim decisions.

"What is clear is that the schools will need additional support and resources from the Government to ensure the least possible disruption to students and teachers."

“We also want an assurance from the Minister that no other community in New Zealand will ever have to endure the disrespect, confused process, inaccurate information and lack of consultation that has been imposed on Christchurch communities over the past months.

“Any future decisions about Christchurch education must engage school communities in a way that is fair, respectful and provides clear processes for engagement, review and appeal.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

EPMU: Fourth Pike River Anniversary

Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. More>>

ALSO:

'Kindara': Unusual Ginger Coloured Kiwi Chick Released To Taupo Creche

A cute little kiwi chick with an unusual ginger tinge to its feathers has just been released to Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary Kiwi Creche in Taupo after hatching at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter. More>>

Werewolf: The Complicatist : Bob Dylan Himself, And By Others

Bob Dylan is about to release a six CD version of the entire Basement Tapes sessions he recorded with the Band 40 years ago. To mark the occasion, I’ve rustled together some favourite cover versions of Dylan songs, and a few lesser-known tracks by the great man. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gone Girl : The Trouble With Amy

Philip Matthews: Three words to describe the David Fincher film Gone Girl: cynical, topical and ridiculous. Ridiculous isn’t a negative. More>>

ALSO:

11/11: Armistice Day Peace Vigils

On Armistice Day 2014, the second in the series of peace vigils that will take place three times each year during the World War One centenary will be held in Hokianga, Whangarei, Auckland, Tauranga, Otaki, Lower Hutt, Wellington and Takaka. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news