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

 


PrimeTime Transcript: Hekia Parata, Chris Hipkins

PrimeTime Transcript - Hekia Parata, Chris Hipkins Plus Professor Martin Thrupp,University of Waikato And Rose Patterson, NZ Initiative. 22/08/14

Education Minister Hekia Parata concedes that Charter Schools are playing only a “marginal” role in the New Zealand education system.

Speaking on Prime TV’s “Prime Time with Sean Plunket” she said that three quarters of the pupils at charter schools had been excluded from other schools.

“They are one option that is still there,” she said.

“No one is compelled to send their children to them.”

Speaking on the same programme, Labour’s Education spokesman, Chris Hipkins, confirmed that a Labour Government would scrap the charter schools.

He pointed out that one of the attractions of Charter Schools was that they had smaller class sizes.

Labour is promising to lower class sizes across all schools.

“Lowering class sizes will have an impact on teacher quality,” he said.

“It gives teachers more one to one time with each student, any teacher will tell you that, and many of the things that research tell us have an impact on student achievement, are in themselves effective by class size. “

But the Minister disputed Labour’s figures about class size.

She said Labour’s policy was about one less child in a class over four years.

“If you look at the funding formula now, the average at secondary school is 1 to 21, when Labour's talking about getting to 1 to 23.

“And at primary school the average is 1 to 23, and Labour's talking about getting to 1 to 26.”

But Mr Hipkins claimed those were “nonsense” figures not backed up by Ministry of Education figures.

Also on the programme, NZ Initiative researcher, Rose Patterson said class sizes were very immediate.

“You can see why teachers want that, because they know that it's concrete, is immediate<” she said.

“Next year they can have smaller class sizes for the children under this policy.”

But she described the Government’s “Investing in Educational Success” proposal including paying better teachers more as being about “long term building up teacher capacity.”

An opponent of the Government’s proposal, University of Waikato Educational Research Professor, Martin Thrupp, said he saw the Government fiddling while Rome burned.

“I think there are much more – better ways for improving teacher performance,” he said.

“If I look at the policies of the Key government over two terms now, I think we're seeing a hollowing out of the education system, and I really struggle to point to improvements. “ (22/08/14)


ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news