Hekia Parata 'lied', says Labour
Fri, 29 Jun 2012 6:14p.m.
By Tova O’Brien
Behind-the-scenes budget documents show Education Minister Hekia Parata knew full well the impact her education reforms would have.
She knew the number of teachers that would be cut, that technology teachers would be hardest hit, and that there would be negative fallout from the changes.
Ms Parata said publicly that “we are not cutting teacher numbers”, but it turns out that she knew all along that 1063 teachers would be cut by 2016.
And even today - more than a month on from the biggest botch up of the Budget - she artfully dodged the word "cut".
Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins suggested that Ms Parata either deliberately misled the public, or failed to read the advice she had been given.
“Either Hekia Parata lied or she didn't read the advice she was given. There's no other conclusion that can be reached from these papers that have been released today,” he said.
Behind-the-scenes budget documents show Ms Parata knew technology teachers would go. She said she did not hide it, but just did not have enough time to mention it.
“I think we have to bear in mind if we step back through that that there was something like less than a week I think when parents and teachers became concerned,” she said.
They would have been even more concerned with her original plan, which would have seen 1326 fewer teachers.
Mr Hipkins says that cabinet did not fully understand the impact of the plan when they approved it.
“Cabinet vetoed that one but they still approved another version of it without fully understanding the impact of the version they did approve,” he said. “So all around the Government totally botched this.”
And in a way, the Government knew it would.
Ms Parata suggested there was no opportunity to consult the sector. She said that may be perceived negatively because the changes are "likely to be highly controversial".
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5/07/2012 10:43:11 a.m.
Cyb Ed wrote:
Sadly it appears that the government has an agenda of disempowering teacher unions (Shown in the attitude of Why consult them - after all we politicians know better what is good for education than the teachers who work with the children each day) Also John Key has stated National's true agenda that National Standards is about measuring schools "performance" - so the focus is on "accountability". It is no longer on what is best for children, nor on bringing change ... working collaboratively with teachers, and based on solid evidence based research. Why are the National Party wanting to introduce policies from poorer performing countries that have been shown to fail? Listen instead to teachers - they want all children to learn and succeed - which is why they are in teaching in the first place.
2/07/2012 12:49:14 a.m.
Whats good for one is good for the other then Carlos?
Why then did you abuse Labour for doing it????
Then sit there and say what you just did???
Oh... thats right, a little thing called hypocrisy.
1/07/2012 1:54:29 a.m.
Mr. Key was the same that he once announced that the esset sale will never be sold (it will never happened Key quoted).. Parata knew the teachers dismissal from their posts were to take place before annoucing it plublicly..When is the Nataional Party front up the honesty and stop cutting corners, sorry the National Government is not fit to run our country, they should save the embarrestment and resign before we go further into depths..
30/06/2012 9:20:33 a.m.
Labour do that all the time....."the kettle and the teapot" ?!!
29/06/2012 8:52:21 p.m.
it was national throwing the teacher thing out to take the pressure off assest sales..then the scott guy court case was perfectly timed aswell!!
Dodgy goverment we have!!!
29/06/2012 8:02:05 p.m.
Deceit and lies ... Hey , its what the terrible Tories do .
29/06/2012 7:10:04 p.m.
In other words - "We knew the education sector would have completely rejected the cutting of any teaching jobs, so we decided to exclude them from the drafting stages of the plan and try it on directly with the public (after telling a few porkies about how everything would be ok)." Whoops! No one believed any of it.
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