Ed­u­ca­tion pro­posal gets mixed re­cep­tion

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How do prin­ci­pals feel about Na­tional’s $359 mil­lion in­vest­ment in spe­cial­ist teacher and prin­ci­pals?

The an­nounce­ment last month means ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pal, ex­pert teacher, lead teacher and change prin­ci­pal roles will be cre­ated over the next four years.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Hekia Parata said the pol­icy was based on in­ter­na­tional re­search and was proven to have raised achieve­ment.

Prin­ci­pals in the Porirua basin were posi- tive about the ini­tia­tive, but cau­tious.

‘‘It’s very much ‘wait and see’ for me,’’ said Ti­tahi Bay North’s Steven Cald­well. ‘‘It has got some merit, but it might be di­vi­sive.

‘‘The un­der­ly­ing is­sue of poverty and how we get the best from our chil­dren has not been ad­dressed.’’

Tawa In­ter­me­di­ate’s Bren­don Hen­der­son said Na­tional had not en­am­oured it­self with the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor and he was wait­ing to hear more de­tail about the in­vest­ment.

‘‘The con­cepts could work and it has the po­ten­tial to be very sig­nif­i­cant, but I’m un­sure un­til we get more in­for­ma­tion,’’ he said.

Su­sanne Jungersen from Porirua Col­lege said the in­ten­tions were good, es­pe­cially the col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach an ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pal could bring to a com­mu­nity of schools.

‘‘We have spe­cial­ist teach­ers al­ready and I need to see where [the new pol­icy] fits in,’’ she said.

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