Loss of teachers a worry
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,