Key: Government lost class size debate
Mon, 11 Jun 2012 8:55a.m.
The Government scrapped its policy to increase class sizes and cut teacher numbers not because it changed its mind, but because it was losing the debate with parents, Prime Minister John Key says.
Education Minister Hekia Parata announced on Thursday the decision to abandon the policy, which was designed to save $43 million a year to be used for teacher development.
Mr Key told TV One's Breakfast show that the decision was not driven by poll results.
"It was that we were clearly losing the debate with New Zealand parents," he said.
He said the decision was made by Ms Parata.
The Government did not want to risk months of industrial action and anxiety, he said.
Mr Key told Newstalk ZB that the Government always knew the policy would have a disproportionate impact on a small group in the sector.
It still believed the principle behind the issue it made its original decision on was right but had decided not to box on.
"Whether it's right or wrong perception is some times reality in politics," he said.
Ms Parata is now looking for other ways to save money which can be used for teacher development, which has been put on hold.
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13/06/2012 7:37:59 p.m.
kane gillan wrote:
key skites that 1million people voted for natonal, 3 million didnt!! selling assets that make nz money is a good idea?? anyone that voted for national really needs to read more!Brooke the attention the media gave John Key pre election is to blame for the hopeless self indulging goverment we now have, wake up nz!!
13/06/2012 11:19:49 a.m.
@brooke, I would like to know ever you are getting your information from. I assume you are listening too much to key's comments and the comments from other members of the nat government. It seems, lately, the only people who are saying that Key is doing a good job is, Key and the other Nat government ministers. That is referred to as Political, voter brainwashing. The latest polls are showing something completely different. If the comments posted on the 3 news website is anything to go by. people who agree that Key is doing a good job are becoming increasingly harder to find.
12/06/2012 10:12:09 p.m.
Good picture. Tv3 should do a poll and see if keys still makes it in the top 10 sexy men in nz. What were you people thinking lol
11/06/2012 6:13:46 p.m.
As usual the media gives attention to the minority that jumps up and down winging about everything. The majority actually think John Key is doing a good job.
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