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

 


Attempt Does Not match The Facts

Minister’s attempt to manufacture an “education crisis” doesn’t match the facts

Proving once again that you have to create a crisis if you want to make dramatic and unpopular changes, Education Minister Hekia Parata has alleged that New Zealand students’ achievement is dropping compared to students in other developed countries.

In a media statement* today, Ms Parata claimed, “New Zealand’s education system is performing less and less well next to other OECD countries. We must increase our system performance and increase the equity in the system as the benefits to the students themselves and to the economy are significant.

NZEI President Judith Nowotarski said it was irresponsible and inaccurate for the Minister to be making such statements as she headed overseas for an OECD Education Ministers’ meeting.

The truth is that New Zealand’s reading, science and maths results are significantly above the OECD average, and that New Zealand’s performance – alongside Finland and Canada, for example - has been remarkably stable since 2000, in spite of unacceptably high child poverty rates.

Analysis of the OECD’s PISA 2009 report shows that amongst the top socio-economic quartile of each of the OECD countries, New Zealand ranked first for reading. Even amongst the bottom socio-economic quartile of each of the countries – the so-called “long tail of educational underachievement” – New Zealand ranked sixth.

However, New Zealand schools’ funding levels are only 2/3 of Australia’s and half of the UK’s, according to the OECD’s Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA).

NZEI President Judith Nowotarski said it was clear that our teachers and students are doing very well on very little, so Ms Parata needed to stop denigrating the public system.

“If Ms Parata wants to increase equity in the system, she could start by funding public education to the level of other systems that she so admires, rather than experimenting with charter schools and National Standards,” said Mrs Nowotarski.

“A basic rule of propaganda is that if you repeat something often enough, people will eventually believe it. But it’s time New Zealanders heard the truth,” said Mrs Nowotarski. “Teachers and schools are always trying to do their best and want to spread and share effective practice. The Minister using statistics inaccurately to manufacture a supposed “crisis” does not help students, teachers or schools to improve.”

ends

*http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1309/S00481/minister-at-oecd-education-ministers-meeting-in-istanbul.htm

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Issue Out Now: Werewolf 47

Hi and welcome to the 47th edition of Werewolf, published on the eve of Anzac Day. Its become a cliché to describe Gallipolli as the crucible of this country’s identity, yet hold on... Isn’t our national identity supposed to be bi-cultural... and wouldn’t that suggest that the New Zealand Wars of the 19th century is a more important crucible of national identity than those fought on foreign soil?

Yet as Alison McCulloch eloquently reveals in this month’s cover story, New Zealand devotes a mere fraction of its attention span and funding resources to commemorating the New Zealand Wars compared to what it devotes to the two world wars, Vietnam and Afghanistan... More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Spookwatch: New Inspector-General Of Intelligence And Security Appointed

Prime Minister John Key hasannounced the appointment of Cheryl Gwyn as Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. The appointment was made by the Administrator of the Government on behalf of the Governor General and is for a term of three years. More>>

Crowdsourcing: Green Party Launches Internet Rights And Freedoms Bill

The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand’s first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shane Jones Departure

Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed, with self interest coming in first and second, and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) way, way back down the track. More>>

COMMENT:

Multimedia: PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - April 22 2014

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • The recent improvement in the economy with a growing job market • Income and wealth inequality • Easter trading laws • The New Zealander killed in a drone strike in Yemen... More>>

Easter Trading: Workers 'Can Kiss Goodbye To Easter Sunday Off'

The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. More>>

ALSO:

ACT Don't Go For Maximum Penalty: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail

Three strikes for burglary was introduced to England and Wales in 1999. As in New Zealand, burglary was out of control and given a low priority by the police and the courts. A Labour government passed a three strikes law whereby a third conviction for burglaries earned a mandatory three years in prison... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home. More>>

ALSO:

Elections: New Electorate Boundaries Finalised

New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news