David Clendon
Academic Freedom or Free Market?

The Minister for Tertiary Education seems determined to see our universities and wananga reduced to organisations whose purpose it is to sell a commodity called education to ‘consumers’ whose primary relationship with such organisations will be a  commercial one. The National Government today stayed true to their destructive agenda for the tertiary sector,  announcing their […]

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Catherine Delahunty
Select Committee Inquiry into Engaging Parents in the Education of their Children

This Inquiry needs to hear from as many parents, students and teachers as possible. We need to hear about the excellent initiatives that already exist to build relationships between parents, schools and students. One such initiative is the three way conferences between teacher, parents and student held in many schools early in the term each […]

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David Clendon
Chance to have a say on tertiary education in NZ

The Government have opened up public submissions on their proposed changes to the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) for tertiary education. The PBRF is a funding pool of around $250 million per year from the Government that goes towards tertiary education research. It is accessed by universities, ITPs, wananga and PTEs and is incentives-based, taking into […]

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Catherine Delahunty
Christchurch schools – proposals or promises?

At the schools rally in Christchurch on Tuesday, Board Members and parents were talking about the promise broken by the Minister of Education. A number of schools such as Central New Brighton and Branston Intermediate had been clearly told they would have until the end of 2014 to prepare for merger or closure. The announcement […]

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Catherine Delahunty
Enviroschools Award for Cool Ngaruawahia Kindy

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending an Enviroschools Award ceremony at Newcastle Kindergarten in Ngaruawahia. They had won a bronze award for their sustainability efforts and focus at the centre. During the powhiri the children performed waiata with confidence and listened very politely to the speeches of the adults. We then had the chance […]

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Jan Logie
The Parliamentary week that was, 6-8 Nov, for Pacific communities

Parliament was preoccupied by two major pieces of news last week, the unemployment figures and concerns about Housing. It also passed the Climate Change legislation (as previously discussed in this blog post series) and failed to pass Labour MP Darien Fenton’s Bill to stop libraries from charging for borrowing and internet use. Unemployment During Question […]

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Catherine Delahunty
Select Committee hearing on early childhood and Pasifika languages

Last week the Education and Science Select Committee had a very privileged experience hearing from a number of Pasifika communities and individuals about their support for learning in their heritage languages. Although the Government restricted the inquiry to early childhood education (ECE) and Pasifika language issues, the submitters painted a broad and holistic picture of […]

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Catherine Delahunty
Supporting the Gifts and Talents of Youth

Every year the Green Party celebrates the “Gifted and Talented” which to us means all children, tamariki katoa! We also specifically support “Gifted and Talented” programmes in schools because they are broad and recognise the diversity of gifts that need encouragement from a young age. These gifts include leadership strengths, academic talents, sports and arts […]

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Catherine Delahunty
Residential schools and inclusion – a genuine challenge

Unlike the absurd proposals to raise class size, create league tables that rank schools, or bring in performance pay for teachers, the future of the residential schools for disabled students is a genuine dilemma now for some families. Like all the people I have met from the education sector and from a number of families, […]

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Catherine Delahunty
Double Standards: Private schools receive Government funding while state schools are left scrounging

The National-led Government’s proposed cuts in teacher staffing numbers and increased class sizes in public schools reeks of hypocrisy and double standards. Their proposals are informed in part by New Zealand Treasury’s briefing paper recommendations, which suggested increasing student-teacher ratios for reasons of cost effectiveness. The Government’s savings will amount to $43m a year as […]

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