Key backs Parata to perform
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 8:27a.m.
Hekia Parata needs more time to prove she's a good education minister, Prime Minister John Key says.
Mr Key on Tuesday sacked two ministers - Kate Wilkinson and Phil Heatley - but spared Ms Parata in his cabinet reshuffle although she has overseen a series of blunders and policy reversals since she was appointed.
"She's been in the portfolio for a year and the others held theirs for about four years," Mr Key said on Radio New Zealand on Wednesday.
"We need more time to gain a full assessment."
Mr Key acknowledges there have been "one or two mistakes" in education but says it's always been a controversial portfolio.
"She's done a lot of things right that she hasn't been given credit for," he said.
"I'm confident Hekia can do a good job for youngsters and parents - she's passionate about under-achievement in schools."
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25/01/2013 7:45:31 a.m.
I'd like to hear Key's list of the things she's done right. It'd be interesting to compare that list to the one of the things she's done wrong and I'm pretty sure the ledger would be balanced on the negative side.
23/01/2013 11:09:18 a.m.
Keys backing her really? mite be the case that no one wants her job lol
23/01/2013 9:25:40 a.m.
Yes Parata seems very passionate about promoting underachievement in schools. Lets hope the new younger version proves herself quickly so Keys has no need of Parata for much longer.
23/01/2013 9:09:35 a.m.
oh yeah? wrote:
"she's passionate about under-achievement in schools" What about under-achievement on a high ministerial salary?
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