ACT pushed charter schools, and as poor a substitute as they are for a fully private education sector (being subject to ridiculously intrusive and counter productive govt regulation) they suggest the govt is on one hand ready to accept the idea that the quality of education is not dependent on govt funding.
So why on the other hand to they adopt policies that directly conflict with this view? Education Minister Hekia Parata has just announced that over the next four years, just over $43 million of operating funding will be allocated to schools based on the number of students they have who are at risk of under-achieving.
“The targeting is used to arrive at the allocation of funding. Once they receive the funding, how they raise achievement is up to schools,” she told reporters on Friday. Ms Parata said she trusts schools to spend the money on struggling students.
This policy has so many flaws I don’t know where to start. For example, its telling schools that under-achievement will bring them more dollars.
Worst of all though is that it is a surrender on ideological terms. Once again we see yellow backed John Key taking the easy way out, preserving his own popularity at taxpayer expense because he hasn’t got the balls or the ideas on how to confront the left on their fallacious mantras like more money for education means better results. John Key is just Tweedle Dee to Andrew Little’s Tweedle Dum.
As for Hekia Parata, a clueless token Maori female who’s never had a good idea in her whole parliamentary career. What a hopeless endless socialist quagmire NZ has drifted into.