Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Nats Education Policy, a Right Yawner

13 April 2005

Nats Education Policy, a Right Yawner

“The National Party’s newly released education policy is to be commended for its move toward greater educational freedom but it still remains hugely restrictive,” says Peter Osborne, Libertarianz Spokesman to Deregulate Education in response to Don Brash’s announcement.

“It looks like a breath of fresh air, and that's partly because in contrast to the stale fug of present polices it is. In reality though, it remains uninspiring and, frankly, a right yawner.”

Osborne notes that for example the NCEA will remain compulsory - no surprise as this was introduced by the previous National Government. "'Reform' is all that is promised for this failed system. To remove it would be an admission of policy failure," says Osborne, "so for political expedience schools and pupils will be forced to comply. Observers might observe from NCEA's retention in National's policy that Bill English's present criticisms of the NCEA are intended only for headlines, not in order to get rid of a failed system. So much for Bill English."

Dr Brash talks of other initiatives such as cutting back on the assessment burden, introduction of literacy and numeracy standards and providing a reading and maths voucher system.

“These are all attractive-sounding phrases," sys Osborne, "but at the end of the day the tax victim will still be forced to pay for it whether they use it or not, and pupils will still be forced to adhere to it, regardless of their parents opinion. Where at least is a proposal to stop double-taxation for parents sending children to private schools? Where the promise to end centralised curriculum control for private schools at least, so parents can finally have some real choice?”

There is one thing Osborne is enthusiastic about, but he thinks it could go further: “I am extremely pleased with Dr Brash's commitment to slash bureaucracy. I suggest however that he cut the number down to zero. This would provide instant benefits for the second-hand jackboot market. It would also be a step towards wresting centralised curriculum control away from the dedicated socialists and post-modernists in the Ministry."

Mr Osborne concludes, “While Dr Brash’s education model is a vast improvement on Mallards monumental cock-up, it does not go far enough. Politicians do not know better than parents nor teachers about educational choice. It is the government’s monopoly of the education sector that completely shuts out any alternatives and denies parents their right to decide. Only a free and unregulated market will provide real and diverse options.

Libertarianz will separate the state from education and will cease the tax burden thereof. Schools will then have the freedom to branch into any area of education that they have a passion for. Parents will be in a much more powerful position financially, to purchase the educational model they consider to be of value.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Issue 49: Werewolf Weekender

Philip Matthews: From The Lost Continent
It’s a case of better late than never for Olivier Assayas’ marvellous After May/Apres Mai, which first screened at Venice in 2012, had a couple of North Island screenings last year during the International Film Festival’s “Autumn Events” season, got a theatrical release in Australia – but not here – and only now appears on DVD, after Assayas himself has moved on. More>>

The Complicatist: Blue Eyed & Soulful
For a while in June, the top two singles on the US Billboard charts featured Iggy Azalea, an Australian model turned hip hop performer. To some, this may seem like just the latest chapter in a long saga of whites ripping off black culture, while enriching themselves in the process. Obviously, there’s some truth in the stereotype. Yet it can also obscure the positive collaborations – in jazz, soul music and hip hop – between musicians who treated each other as creative equals, race regardless. More>>

Satire: Carry On Captaining
Oh hello. Scanner Technician Davis. To what do I owe the pleasure?
You think we’re what?
Oh, pish. This vessel has been travelling along smoothly for generations – particularly smoothly in the last few years though I say so myself – and I happen to know we have never once been hit by an asteroid... More>>

 

Parliament Today:

False Electoral Return: John Banks Sentenced To Community Detention, Community Work

“The conviction of John Banks today is another sad chapter for John Banks and the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Rise Of ISIS And Labour

While global attention got distracted by the fate of MH17 and the atrocities in Gaza, the world’s other mega ‘bad news’ story – the rise of ISIS-led fundamentalism in Iraq – has reached a tipping point. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild: Christchurch City Council Releases Milestone Report

The Cameron Partners report says the Council may need to find an additional $783 million to $883 million by 2019... Options Cameron Partners proposed include increasing rates, borrowing more, maximising insurance payments, and freeing up capital from its commercial assets. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: Parliament Adjourns

The 50th Parliament has adjourned for the final time. After the completion of the adjournment debate, MPs left for the campaign trail with Parliament to be dissolved on August 14 ahead of the September 20 election. More>>

ALSO:

Novopayout: Government-Owned Company To Take Over School Payroll

After lengthy negotiations, the Ministry of Education and the existing school payroll provider, Talent2, have settled both on the amounts payable by Talent2 towards the costs of remediating the Novopay service and a new operating model for the school payroll system. More>>

ALSO:

Employment: Labour Will Raise Minimum Wage, Restore Work Rights

A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared fairly by all New Zealanders, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. More>>

ALSO:

Police: Crewe File Review Released

No new evidence has come to light implicating any specific person as being responsible for the murders of Jeannette and Harvey Crewe... The review identifies there is a distinct possibility that Exhibit 350 (the brass .22 cartridge case) may be fabricated evidence, and that if this is the case, that a member of Police would have been responsible. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Issue #49: Gordon Campbell Interviews Laila Harre

For 25 years, Labour and National have been in virtual agreement about the basics of economic policy, and differed mainly on how to go about managing its social consequences. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news