Health workers undervalued
It’s amazing. Some time ago, healthcare workers applied to the Government for financial relief, but were told that the bucket was empty.
Move ahead to last week, when the Government did a magic trick and pulled more than $300 million from the same bucket for the teachers.
And guess what – the teachers didn’t even have to ask for it! The clear message is that this government will not recognise the sterling work done by health workers. It does not care about the sunset years industry.
It is just another example of John Key’s low-wage (for most) economy.
The school is integrated, which means it receives millions of dollars of grants from the Government. The amount it asks for in donations is way in excess of what most state integrated schools request.
Ms Southerwood could choose not to pay the donations.
In addition, the Ministry of Education has found that HIBS overcharged its compulsory attendance dues for many years and has told the school that parents are entitled to a refund.
I would estimate that Ms Southerwood has paid in excess of $1000 to HIBS in illegally charged attendance dues.
She could deduct this from the current year’s dues. Combined, these savings would likely be enough for the Southerwood family’s sought-after Gold Coast holiday.
While she and her family are on the Gold Coast, they could reflect on the fact that many other families who cannot afford to send their children to state integrated schools still contribute through their taxes toward the privileged few who do attend HIBS.