Kapi-Mana News : April 16th 2013
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At our lowest possible prices. Stocks are limited. Hurry, these prices won’t last. Easy Key Self Service Laundromat WASH TWO MINK BLANKETS, DUVETS, OR WOOLRESTS FOR ONLY $10! LEVIN 327 Oxford Street Ph 06 368 5461 PORIRUA Cannons Creek Shopping Centre Ph 237 0630 Fast Dryers Washers Mink Blankets Mink Blankets Duvets Bedding Sports Gear Domestic Laundry Domestic Laundry Dry clothes in only 20 minutes Dry clothes in only 20 minutes Save time & electricity Save time & electricity and Taita, Stokes Valley, Wainuiomata 14 x Dryers from $4 for 20 mins 9 x Washers - from $4 ALSO AT THESE LOCATIONS Upper Hutt 528 0515 Newtown 389 7926 Lower Hutt 569 5792 Levin 06 368 5461 Charter schools disquiet grows TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL Education is always a hot-wire subject. As Education Minister Hekia Parata has found to her cost, the public seems able to cut through the political spin more readily in education policy than in almost any other area of government activity. National standards, charter schools, the Christchurch schools mergers and the Novopay teacher pay fiasco all continue to raise hackles among parents and teachers alike. For that reason, the govern- ment will have been looking ner- vously at last weekend’s protest marches about education that were held throughout the country – and also at public reaction to the most recent developments on charter schools. As things stand, the first of New Zealand’s charter schools – or ‘‘partnership schools’’ as the gov- ernment prefers to call them – are due to open at the beginning of next year. They will be subject to Edu- cation Review Office scrutiny and will need to file an annual public statement of achievement – but that’s where the rules of com- pliance seem to begin and end. Charter schools will not have to follow the national curriculum or need to hire registered teachers, and will be left almost entirely free to set their own opening hours, and their own pay and employment conditions. They will not be subject to the Official Information Act. In effect, the public will have only limited ability to monitor how well the funds allocated to charter schools are being used. A further barrier to accountabil- ity emerged last week. Although the parliamentary sel- ect committee report on the Edu- cation Amendment Bill recom- mended that charter schools should be subject to complaints via the Ombudsman’s Office, that oversight role appears likely be limited to investigating allega- tions about expulsion, or why an application to attend a charter school has been rejected. Reportedly, the Ombudsman’s Office will be barred from inves- tigating allegations about bully- ing, corporal punishment or other operational matters. This relative secrecy is consist- ent with how charter schools were first sprung on the electorate, in the wake of the 2011 general election. A better-funded state system should be able to meet the needs of its problem students. So far, no compelling case has been made that a charter school would offer better or more innovative teaching practices, or deliver better educational out- comes than a similarly funded state school. To many observers, some of the select committee recommenda- tions look suspiciously like payback. A month ago, Ombudsman David McGee finally reported that in February 2012, Associate Edu- cation Minister John Banks had wrongly withheld information about how charter schools would be funded. ‘‘The proposal to create a new type of school within the New Zea- land educational system is a sig- nificant step . . . Ministers cannot be held fully accountable for the proposals they are putting for- ward unless the relevant infor- mation is in the hands of the pub- lic.’’ Exactly. Yet the public have been left with only a limited ability to evaluate schools that they never voted for, but which they are funding. For that reason alone, it is hard to see this controversy going away any time soon. LETTERS READER VIEWS ONLINE: FROM Page 10 Awesome event Editor, I know the personal commitment and passion required to deliver a community event and I would like to express my sincere thanks to the organisers who co-ordinated and facilitated the Titahi Bay Schools Reunion over Easter weekend. It provided a wonderful opportunity to reminisce with old school mates, enjoy a good laugh at some of our school antics and the playground moments Titahi Bay beach provided to us all. Well done for an awesome event and special thanks for rekindling our memories. LIZ KELLY, Titahi Bay. ‘Pocket money pledge for refuge’ R’laine: ‘‘What a delightful young man, how self-sacrificing of him. Bet Mum and Dad are proud of him.’’ ‘Fortuin backs Dame Susan’ Terry Harris: ‘‘I’m not interested in what Mr Fortuin has to say. ‘‘What I do remember of him is, as a newcomer to this country, he had far too much to say for himself... ‘‘From what I know I believe that all he has done is to give opinion and keep his face in the public trough.’’ ❚ kapimananews.co .nz.
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