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

Gordon Campbell:
On The National Leadership “Contest”

Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.

This succession was well planned. Lets not forget that English was told by Key in September of his intention to resign, and English was the only member of Cabinet entrusted with that information before it was sprung on everyone else on Monday morning. More>>

Latest: Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman have withdrawn from the leadership race, leaving Bill English the only candidate to replace John Key as Prime Minister.

 

Education: Charter Schools Misleading Pass Rates

Labour: NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated... In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA level two. More>>

ALSO:

Rebstock Report Resolution: SSC Apologises To Derek Leask And Nigel Fyfe

Following a complaint by Mr Leask, the Ombudsman found that the State Services Commission acted unreasonably in relation to Mr Leask and identified numerous deficiencies in the investigation process and in the publication of the final report and in the criticisms it contained of Mr Leask... More>>

ALSO:

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news