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


PPTA urges government not to play ‘blame game’

Media Release
2 February 2009

PPTA urges government not to play ‘blame game’

PPTA president Kate Gainsford is pleased education minister Anne Tolley is taking the issue of struggling schools seriously, but cautions against a ‘blame and shame’ mentality.

The growing number of school boards being replaced by commissioners illustrates PPTA’s concerns about the Tomorrow’s Schools system, she said.

“That more and more schools are running into financial and management difficulties shows the problem is systemic.

“The fact is the Tomorrow’s Schools structure has set up some schools to fail and that’s not good enough for New Zealand students.

“Every parent should be able to send their child to their local school confident that the system will ensure they are getting a decent education, but as we are discovering, Tomorrow’s Schools leaves some communities high and dry. It is easy to blame the boards, parents, teachers, even the students themselves, but much harder to fix the structural problem,” she said.

Tomorrow’s Schools places the education system in the hands of local communities and the boards of trustees who are meant to represent them. There appears to be little back up however when the school community is deeply divided or the board struggles to find the knowledge and experience to make the system work.

PPTA has been calling for an urgent review of the Tomorrow’s Schools governance system for some time now (see PPTA conference paper “Tomorrow’s Schools – Yesterday’s mistake? at www.ppta.org.nz under resources/publications) and recent events only highlight that need, Gainsford said.

“The minister would be well advised to look at overseas examples based around a co-operative network of schools, rather than creating a system of winners and losers,” she said


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Alastair Thompson: Are There TPLF Ethiopia Insurgency Training & Support Operations in Uganda?

Mystery Document Alleges:
Covert Operation has US/Egypt Support
Operations Coordinated between South Sudan, TPLF and Uganda
Planning began December 2021...


Gordon Campbell: On National’s Ongoing Problems With Abortion

Despite Christopher Luxon’s assurances to the contrary, there is no such thing as “settled law” in New Zealand. Apart from the six provisions that are constitutionally entrenched, legislation can always be amended or overturned by a simple majority vote within our single chamber of Parliament. Luxon’s repeated use of the term “settled law” has been particularly tone deaf, given that several of the US Supreme Court justices used that very same term during their confirmation hearings...


Government: New Zealand Secures Major Free Trade Deal With European Union
New Zealand and the European Union have concluded negotiations on a major free trade agreement (FTA), which unlocks access to one of the world’s biggest and most lucrative markets... More>>


Government: New Measures To Help Manage COVID-19 As Country Stays At Orange
The Government is taking action to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools and early childhood services, COVID-19 Response Minster Dr Ayesha Verrall and Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti announced today... More>>

Prime Minister: Remarks At NATO Summit
It is a rare thing to have New Zealand represented at a NATO Summit. While we have worked together in theatres such as Afghanistan, and have been partners for just on a decade, today represents an important moment for our Pacific nation... More>>

Government: New Era For Better Health In Aotearoa New Zealand

The Government has today delivered a nationwide health system that will ensure better outcomes for all New Zealanders with the establishment of Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand... More>>

Greens: Alcohol Harm Minimisation Bill Pulled From Biscuit Tin

After years of research and advocacy, Parliament will finally consider legislation to take meaningful action on alcohol harm, says the Greens... More>>

Government: Wellington’s Rapid Transit Option Progresses To Next Stage
The Government is progressing a preferred option for LGWM which will see Wellington’s transport links strengthened with light rail from Wellington Station to Island Bay... More>>




InfoPages News Channels