Scru­tiny im­por­tant

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

New Zealand has a tra­di­tion of com­pul­sory pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion ex­tend­ing back to 1870 and of sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion ex­tend­ing back to the 1940s.

Par­ents have the op­por­tu­nity to home school their chil­dren only if they can as­sure the state’s ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cers that they can pro­vide an ed­u­ca­tion the equiv­a­lent of what their chil­dren would re­ceive in a state school.

Par­ents are en­ti­tled to be as­sured by state of­fi­cials that their chil­dren, who are com­pul­so­rily in school, are be­ing ap­pro­pri­ately ed­u­cated, by prop­erly qual­i­fied, trained and reg­is­tered teach­ers, and in a school reg­u­larly mon­i­tored by the Ed­u­ca­tion Re­view Of­fice.

PPTA in their ad­ver­tise­ment, in the Do­min­ion Post of Jan­uary 17, has done all par­ents a ser­vice by mak­ing clear that the cur­rent government is pre­pared to un­der­mine such as­sur­ance in our net­work of schools – state, pri­vate and in­te­grated – by ex­empt­ing its pro­posed char­ter schools from scru­tiny through the Au­di­torGen­eral’s Of­fice, through the Of­fi­cial In­for­ma­tion Act, and from the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man.

I am un­able to re­mem­ber that Na­tional in any way pro­posed Char­ter Schools prior to the elec­tion.

It was an ACT pol­icy and its sole MP is, sig­nif­i­cantly, the as­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The process and the tim­ing of the call for sub­mis­sions (Jan­uary 24) screams back­room deal­ing.

(Let­ter abridged)

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