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Less than 5% of Principals support Govt initiative

Less than 5% of Principals support Governments initiative!

“In a recent poll released this week, involving over 1000 principals throughout New Zealand, only 5% supported the government’s $359 million scheme to get principals talking to each other. In fact 54% of them were totally opposed, whilst the rest liked some minor aspects, but not the scheme as a whole,” said Pat Newman President of Te Tai Tokerau Principals Association.

He went on to say, “Principals are questioning whether this is the best way of spending $359 million of new money, supposedly to help improve students achievement, when schools are desperate to get real support, such as sufficient psychologists, speech language therapists, behavioural support and the thousands of other ways, that this money could have been used, to give real support for student learning, rather than some pie eyed scheme, dreamed up once again in Wellington, far from the reality of the chalk face.”

Mr Newman continued, “The government can’t say it wasn’t warned about Principals concerns around this latest idea emanating out of the Beehive. From the start of discussions and throughout discussions, principals have asked repeatedly,”Is this the best use of $359 million to support student learning? The answer they came up with then and still do is simply No!”

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