Education proposal gets mixed reception
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.