Funding Private Education
THE FAMILY PARTY
PRESS STATEMENT FOR RELEASE
15 April 2008. The Family Party supports additional state funding going towards private schools in spite of comments made by the New Zealand Secondary Principals’ Council chairman Arthur Graves, who is opposed to the idea.
Deputy Leader Paul Adams says Mr Graves ought to remember that parents who choose to educate their children in private schools are also hard-working taxpayers.
“Many parents have lost faith in the state education system and are simply sick and tired of the Government instigated propaganda it is feeding to their children. In many state schools traditional values and disciplines are almost non-existent. I have parents telling me they would appreciate the right to choose a school that is more consistent with the values and aspirations they want for their children. The fairest way to do this is for funding for education to follow the child. This allows parents to choose the best school for their child, be it private or public,” says Mr Adams.
Mr Adams says a competitive environment amongst public and private schools can only be good for New Zealand’s education system as it will put a strong onus on schools to improve in order to attract students.
“To contend that private education is a choice taxpayers should not be funding shows a complete disregard for who the taxpayers in our country are,” Mr Adams added.
The Family Party intends to promote a policy of funding following the child.