Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Labour has no credibility in education

Hon Bill English National Party Education Spokesman

4 August 2005

Labour has no credibility in education

National Party Education spokesman Bill English says the Minister of Education, Trevor Mallard, has to go because he has treated 200,000 secondary school students as guinea pigs in an experiment that has gone wrong.

He is commenting on the release today of a second damning State Services Commission report into the education sector.

Mr English says the report confirms that the critics of NCEA were right and Labour was very wrong.

"The report shows that Labour's implementation of the NCEA has been dominated by a culture of arrogance and complacency. This approach has seen every critic of the system branded as an 'idiot' and every problem swept under the carpet.

"Parents and teachers now know they were right to worry about the unpredictability of their kids' results. But just a few months ago, Labour ministers described these concerns as 'nonsensical'.

"This report shows that Trevor Mallard has overseen a leaderless, chaotic, spiralling bureaucracy which ignored even the most obvious of problems. It is so damning of Mr Mallard's stewardship that he no longer has the credibility to fix the serious problems with the NCEA.

"The education sector needs a new broom and new leadership. Now we have two State Services Commission reports on education that have discredited Labour beyond repair," says Mr English.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news