Loss of teach­ers a worry

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

Con­cern­ing times ahead.

We have read the emails, lis­tened to the ra­dio, read the pa­pers and read pub­lic opin­ion from across the coun­try.

In­deed, th­ese are worrying times for in­ter­me­di­ate schools but in par­tic­u­lar for our teach­ing staff who it will af­fect the most, out­side our chil­dren’s learn­ing of course.

We have waited for the dust to set­tle and for this govern­ment to give clear ra­tio­nale as to why they are pro­mot­ing this pol­icy.

Well, hav­ing lis­tened to the Prime Min­is­ter’s re­sponse it seems they have no clear rea­son at all apart from it be­ing cost­ef­fec­tive to New Zealand in dol­lar terms.

How­ever, in hu­man terms it is al­most a holo­caust.

Our chil­dren and our fu­ture are at risk.

While it is a na­tional prob­lem, we need to lo­calise the prob­lem to the point where we ar­tic­u­late how this will af­fect our com­mu­nity and our district (local so­lu­tions to local prob­lems).

All schools, from child­care cen­tres to col­lege need to par­tic­i­pate in voic­ing our ob­jec­tion to the in­tro­duc­tion of this pol­icy. Th­ese are our sug­ges­tions: Prin­ci­pals from ev­ery school need to meet and agree to pe­ti­tion against the pol­icy im­me­di­ately

Boards of trustees and teach­ers need to do the same

A pub­lic pe­ti­tion from Mata­mata needs to start im­me­di­ately

Fam­i­lies email your con­cerns to our local MP, Lind­say Tisch lind­say.tisch@ par­lia­ment.govt.nz

A pub­lic meet­ing called with our local MP where we can ap­ply real pres­sure on our local MP to sup­port and cham­pion our local cam­paign to have the pol­icy abol­ished.

Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate im­pacts on nearly ev­ery fam­ily in our com­mu­nity, past present or in the fu­ture.

We must all work together to en­sure this pol­icy does not come to pass.

There is on­go­ing di­a­logue hap­pen­ing na­tion­ally and it is our hope that this govern­ment will scrap the pol­icy be­fore too much longer.

Yes the Min­is­ter has back­tracked and an­nounced that schools will lose no more than two teach­ers, how­ever any loss of staff will have a huge im­pact on the op­por­tu­ni­ties Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate cur­rently of­fers our stu­dents.

Loss of teach­ers and in­creased class size is con­tra­dic­tory to qual­ity teach­ing which the govern­ment is pro­mot­ing. rats and other small an­i­mals and in­sects.

Glue traps how­ever are an ex­tremely cruel method of catch­ing th­ese an­i­mals.

If peo­ple un­der­stood the de­gree of cru­elty then they would not be used.

Be­cause of the cru­elty in­curred many ve­teri­nar­i­ans op­pose their use.

Be­cause all mam­mals have sim­i­lar ner­vous sys­tems they are ca­pa­ble of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the same type of pain and suf­fer­ing and are ca­pa­ble of be­ing trau­ma­tised and abused.

Th­ese glue traps and the ef­fec­tive­ness of them is ques­tion­able.

It was found mice and small ro­dents strug­gling to free them­selves would pull out their own fur ex­pos­ing ar­eas of bare and raw skin, they will even break or bite off their own legs to try and es­cape.

Af­ter three to five hours of be­ing caught in the glue trap they defe­cate and uri­nate due to stress and fear and then be­come cov­er­ing in their own ex­cre­ment. An­i­mals whose faces be­come stuck in the glue trap slowly suf­fo­cate, and all trapped an­i­mals are sub­ject to star­va­tion and de­hy­dra­tion, it can take any­where from three to five days to die. This is noth­ing less than tor­ture.

Glue traps in ad­di­tion to be­ing ex­tremely cruel are com­pletely in­dis­crim­i­nate, cap­tur­ing not only ro­dents but also birds,

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