Longstone resignation welcomed – Hekia Parata should follow
19 December 2012
Longstone resignation welcomed –
Hekia Parata should follow suit
Lesley Longstone’s resignation will be welcomed across the
education sector as would be an announcement that Minister
of Education Hekia Parata will follow suit.
resignation comes at the end of a woeful litany of botchups
which have left the sector feeling battered and
There can surely have been no other year in the
history of New Zealand education where each week the
Minister and her secretary have hoisted a new crisis of
incompetence onto parents, teachers and schools.
combination of National’s agenda to privatise education
and inept administration has frequently left parents and
teachers shaking their heads in despair.
Longstone had a
hand in all of this year’s education failures but she
wasn’t the driver of the bad policies. That responsibility
lies with the Minister and she should follow suit and
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