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Maharey must open up School Smart

Hon Bill English
National Party Education Spokesman

6 April 2006

Maharey must open up School Smart

Parents should be able to access 2005 NCEA results, released today, on the School Smart website, says National’s Education spokesman, Bill English.

The School Smart website, run by the Ministry of Education, collects and compares up to 20 indicators from schools, including NCEA results.

“If the website was open to parents, they could look at the NCEA results from their child’s school compared to those from other schools and national averages, in the comfort of their own homes,” says Mr English.

“Principals, teachers and bureaucrats all have access to this important NCEA information, why don’t parents?”

Education Minister Steve Maharey today released parts of the analysis of last year’s NCEA results.

“He clearly thinks it’s okay to make public the national NCEA results that suit his political purpose, but believes it would be dangerous for parents to access all the information in one place –enabling them to compare schools,” says Mr English.

“Mr Maharey’s suggestion that parents have to go to the school and ask for the information is intended to make sure parents never access the information. Parents need all the facts – as available on School Smart – to make informed choices for their children.

“Schools are spending millions of dollars on technology and our young people are growing up in a digital world, but Government the is preventing parents using a simple website to access relevant information about their child’s school.”

ENDS

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