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.