Bud­get ed­u­ca­tion changes slammed

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

As a par­ent of one child go­ing to Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate, with two other chil­dren who could pos­si­bly be fu­ture stu­dents at this won­der­ful in­sti­tu­tion and as a proud for­mer stu­dent my­self I write this with re­morse.

It has come to my at­ten­tion in a let­ter, dated May 25, 2012, writ­ten by the Prin­ci­pal, Mar­ion Hen­rik­sen, of Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate. The let­ter de­scribed the pos­si­ble or more to the point most in­evitable changes that will oc­cur in the com­ing year, not only to our In­ter­me­di­ate but to all schools with year 7 and 8 stu­dents due to the Gov­ern­ment’s bud­get re­cently an­nounced.

In the con­clu­sion of the let­ter Mar­ion Hen­rik­sen writes:

‘‘You might like to make your feel­ings known to our lo­cal MP, Lind­say Tisch, Lind­say.tisch@par­lia­ment.govt.nz or phone 888 6786 and the Prime Min­is­ter, Rt Hon John Key, Prime Min­is­ter, Par­lia­ment Build­ings, Welling­ton 6160. If not over­turned quickly then I be­lieve in­ter­me­di­ate school­ing, as we know it will be lost for­ever.’’

In any coun­try, in any part of the world, where the ed­u­ca­tion of our fu­ture is be­ing un­der­mined in any way, form or fash­ion dis­plays, in my limited opin­ion, a com­plete dis­re­gard for the well­be­ing of the fam­ily, the com­mu­nity, the coun­try and ul­ti­mately the world.

I urge any and ev­ery per­son with good con­science to do ex­actly what they would see fit to over­turn this bla­tant dis­re­gard for our fu­ture and with haste. Please, please speak out!

Write, meet, share this mes­sage to all your friends and make your voice heard.

So I feel $30 per big bus is still half the price of Taupo toi­lets and there­fore very rea­son­able.

A cam­era could be in­stalled to mon­i­tor the buses.

Let the user pay. It makes more sense to pur­sue a by­pass for trucks. There would be less dam­age to the road­ing around the shop­ping area and less con­ges­tion.

The idea that any of the trucks might stop to shop is not fea­si­ble. Where could a truck park in town? It’s hard to get a car park.

Also the driv­ers are paid to get the load de­liv­ered, not wan­der around shop­ping. No owner of those big rigs would al­low that, they are on a sched­ule. Since cen­tral gov­ern­ment said they would do road­ing to help combat the un­em­ploy­ment they should pay for the by­pass.

Stan­ley Tane Aranga

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