Act wants ghetto schools
Act's education policies would
create ghetto schools and are in fact the policies that
National wants to implement but is scared to promote, Labour
education spokesperson Trevor Mallard said today.
voucher education system will not work in the best interest
of all New Zealand school children and that is not good for
the country," Trevor Mallard said.
"Already, under nine
years of Tory rule, the gap between rich schools and poor
schools is widening. If Act gets its way, that would
accelerate to out of control.
"As a result of Act's tax
policies, overall school funding will be cut as the rich get
richer and the poor get poorer.
"Schools would require top
ups to provide a high standard of education. Parents with
money could oblige and those without could not. The
schools in poorer communities would be left struggling to
provide to basics and would be forced to cut costs by
employing the cheapest rather than the best teachers and
exacerbate the gaps.
"Access to quality education
for all children regardless of their background has been a
fundamental aspect of New Zealand's education history.
Under Labour, that will remain. We are proposing a fairer
school funding system where quality for all is
"The New Zealand public has clearly signalled
to us that they are sick of the decline in core public
services. Clearly Act is not listening to those calls,"
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