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Victoria University naïve to support charter school

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Tertiary Education Union
19 March 2012
Victoria University naïve to support charter school

Public education institutions such as Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Education should not be tendering to run a private charter school, say TEU national president Sandra Grey.

The Herald reported yesterday that Victoria University was one of only five organisations so far to express an interest in running a private charter school.

Dr Grey says Victoria’s expression of interest to run a charter school raises worrying questions about what direction the university has for education.

“If it has innovative new ideas for education, why is it not already teaching and promoting those ideas in our existing public schools through research and teacher education at its own Faculty of Education.”

“New Zealand has a high quality public education system, from early childhood right through to adult and tertiary education. One of its strengths is that everyone, no matter where they come from, has the same opportunity to high quality teaching and learning. In contrast, charter schools, like many other private education providers, are limited and divisive. They take the focus away from improving education for all New Zealanders to focus instead on rewarding private, for-profit companies. Victoria should not involve itself in legitimising this attack on quality public education,” said Dr Grey.

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