Consult the Education Sector First Says NZ First
Tracey Martin MP
Spokesperson for Education
Consult the Education Sector First Says NZ
New Zealand First says the Government is a
slow learner when it comes to consulting the education
Education spokesperson Tracey Martin says
that with the Budget next week, schools are waiting to see
what ‘bright ideas’ the Minister will come up with next.
“Last year’s Budget saw the announcement on
class sizes. Schools and parents weren’t consulted on this
move and National ended up dumping the idea.
“Think of all the stress that could have been avoided
if the Government had consulted thoroughly before
implementing the debacle that is Novopay.
Government has refused to listen to the education sector’s
concerns about National Standards and has turned off its
hearing aid completely when it comes to Charter Schools.
“For its fifth Budget, the Government needs to make
more of an effort to consult the education sector and the
community, rather than always thinking that it knows
best”, says Ms Martin.
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>