Parata backs down on school mergers
Thu, 08 Nov 2012 5:43a.m.
By 3 News online staff
The education minister has backed down and ruled out the merger of four of Christchurch’s most prominent secondary schools.
Initially in September when the school closure announcement was made the Government planned to merge Shirley Boys' with Christchurch Boys' High School and Avonside Girls' with Christchurch Girls' High School.
The Government also announced plans to merge about 14 other Christchurch schools as part of a $1 billion rebuild and realignment of education in the city.
Shirley Boys' board of trustees chair Tony Deavoll says it was always an unpopular and unsettling move.
“It’s been I suppose in the back of the minds of the members of the board, the staff of the school ever since it was first announced,” he says.
“I don’t think it was ever a popular choice - that the possibility of merging the sets of single sex schools in Christchurch was likely to go down well with people - so I think she has in a sense taken note of what the community is saying.”
Hundreds turned out to protest the merger last month, saying there was a lack of democracy in their city’s decision-making.
The Government had based its proposals on a number of factors resulting from the earthquakes, including what shape the building stock was in and whether it met earthquake standards, current school populations and roll projections, and how new technology and "clustering" could best be used.
Now Education Minister Hekia Parata has categorically ruled out the merger of four of the schools saying there are no firm proposals in place.
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8/11/2012 6:29:21 p.m.
Now she must back down from being the minister for education for having given so much stress and uncertainty for so long to so many people. Resign now.
8/11/2012 4:44:04 p.m.
the gov't is no more than a comedy of a bunch of misfits. this lady must take the cake or share it with Kate Wilkinson,and ms Bennett,and of course the cook John Key is turning into a complete fool that has drunk too much tea with Banks. Labor is educated about education and teachers want them back
8/11/2012 11:15:24 a.m.
Just more rubbish and money wasting from National. How many trips to Christchurch she had re-this and all for nothing just upsetting the parents and children.
8/11/2012 10:51:10 a.m.
8/11/2012 9:34:04 a.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
QUOTE: "The Education Minister has backed down and ruled out the merger of four of Christchurch’s most prominent secondary schools. Initially in September when the school closure announcement was made the Government planned to merge Shirley Boys' with Christchurch Boys' High School and Avonside Girls' with Christchurch Girls' High School."AT LAST Common sense has replaced Saving cents!!
8/11/2012 9:22:03 a.m.
8/11/2012 8:36:51 a.m.
Can somebody please get rid of this woman and put somebody in that knows what the hell they are doing.
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