Mil­i­tary char­ter school not ruled out by Govt

The Southland Times - - NEWS - JODY O’CAL­LAGHAN

The fu­ture part­ner­ship limbo.

No de­ci­sions have been made on in­di­vid­ual char­ter schools, but their con­tracts re­main valid, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Chris Hip­kins said yes­ter­day.

The new min­is­ter de­nied the Christchurch Van­guard Mil­i­tary School had al­ready been scrapped, but said soon af­ter tak­ing on his min­is­te­rial role that Labour, NZ First and the Greens had cam­paigned to scrap the char­ter school model and they in­tended to hon­our that com­mit­ment.

Van­guard Mil­i­tary School ap­plied in May to open a school in Christchurch and a con­tract was signed in Septem­ber.

It was due to open in Jan­uary 2019.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Hyde pre­vi­ously said he was dis­ap­pointed to find out through the me­dia that the school planned for Christ- of six yet-to-open schools re­mains in church would be scrapped.

De­spite a com­pet­i­tive ten­der process and a signed con­tract, the fu­ture of the school was un­clear.

He said Van­guard was not against chang­ing some of its ways to fit in with the Gov­ern­ment, but it was un­clear how the Gov­ern­ment wished to progress.

Manukau Ur­ban Ma¯ori Au­thor­ity, City Se­nior School, Te Rangi­haka­haka, Blue Light, and Tu­ranga Tan­gata Rite also have con­tracts for new schools that were signed with the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment.

Hip­kins said he would look at each school on a ‘‘case-by-case ba­sis’’, but did not want to pre­empt dis­cus­sions.

‘‘I have asked the min­istry to pri­ori­tise dis­cus­sions with the six schools that have yet to open their doors, in­clud­ing Van­guard in Christchurch,’’ Hip­kins said.

‘‘We do not want to rush this process but we would like to cre­ate cer­tainty for those stu­dents and their fam­i­lies as quickly as we are able to.’’

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