Destiny Church eyes charter school plan
Sat, 28 Jul 2012 11:16a.m.
Destiny Church is among groups checking out the Government's plan to allow charter schools.
The Government has set up a working group to investigate charter schools run by community groups, faith or culture-based educational organisations, universities, private firms or management groups.
Destiny Church spokesman Richard Lewis contacted Associate Education Minister John Banks several months ago to get information about charter schools, the Weekend Herald reported.
Destiny Church is planning to build a "City of God" in Wiri, South Auckland, and its existing school will move there.
It is envisaged that charter-school operators will be granted an operating licence by an authorised body.
Mr Banks listed 18 organisations in an answer to a parliamentary question from the Green Party about who had expressed an interest in running a charter school.
Critics say the charter-school model has failed elsewhere and it allows public money to be used to promote religious interests.
Destiny Church is a fundamentalist Christian movement led by Bishop Brian Tamaki.
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28/07/2012 3:32:32 p.m.
Anna D wrote:
Imagine the uproar if an extremist Islamic school was granted a licence. Destiny Church is no different. Both are essentially brainwashing cults with corrupt leadership.
28/07/2012 3:08:12 p.m.
Terry broderick wrote:
they not happy enough with sucking money out of their flock they now want to get out of the public purse.
28/07/2012 12:52:36 p.m.
I can't believe the government has let this cult get as out-of-control as it has. Once they get control of a school or two, religion will no longer be a choice - and that is scary.
28/07/2012 12:30:13 p.m.
Bob Sinclair wrote:
I dont belong to Destiny Church. I dont agree with all they say and do, but youve got to hand it to them, they succeed with helping people in our society where others have failed to do much good. i say more power to them with their school.
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