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Kids do worse in school under National

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Kids do worse in school under National

The authoritative OECD PISA report on education released today shows that New Zealand kids’ educational achievement is getting worse under National.

“This study proves National’s education policy is taking us in the wrong direction. New Zealand children’s scores across maths, reading and science have all deteriorated,” said Green Party Associate Education Spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.

“Worryingly the report shows large differences between children’s educational achievement and their socioeconomic status. Growing inequality in New Zealand is negatively impacting on our kids learning.

“National’s toxic policy combination of increased inequality across our society and corporatised education is proving bad for our children.

“The OECD says that quality early years education is a strong predictor of performance, but National has cut funding for early childhood education.

“The report states that high performing countries place high performing teachers in socially disadvantaged schools, yet National plans to staff their controversial charter schools with unqualified teachers.

“Another key finding is that universal education policies should be applied to raise standards. Yet National’s charter schools don’t require them to teach the full curriculum.

“This report is a fail mark for Education Minister Hekia Parata and shows that National’s education policies are taking our children in the wrong direction.

“This report serves as a wakeup call for parents. National’s education experiments have failed.

“It is time to implement education policies that we know work that ensure all New Zealand kids have access to great schools, qualified teachers and better education outcomes.”


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