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Desperate Labour short on vision in education

Hon Bill English
National Party Education Spokesman

25 August 2005

Desperate Labour short on vision in education

Labour’s promise to throw more money at education will do nothing to deal with its lack of standards, out of control bureaucracy and disregard for parents, says National’s Education spokesman, Bill English.

“Trevor Mallard is simply adding more deckchairs to a boat that he has steered well off course, and making more promises to placate the unions,” says Mr English.

“Parents know that a child’s educational success depends on clear standards, effective teachers and accountability.

“Many of the teachers already in our classrooms are overloaded by form-filling and are disgruntled by the lack of direction under this incompetent Education Minister. More colleagues to share the staffroom with won’t solve that.

"Trevor Mallard should fix the real problems instead of trying to buy more votes.

“National believes we need to do more to support the teachers that are already in the classrooms so they can do their jobs better.

“We have proposed national standards to identify children who are falling behind and vouchers to help those kids access extra help. We're determined to give schools the autonomy to do what they think is needed to help our kids learn.

“This expensive and simplistic policy smacks of an election year gift for the teacher unions.

“In recent years, we have had a glut of trainee primary teachers and a deficit of trainee secondary teachers – this policy is an extremely expensive way to make up for that strategic stuff-up," says Mr English.

ENDS

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