Parata defends class size backdown
Fri, 08 Jun 2012 9:24a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Education Minister Hekia Parata says she listened to criticism from teachers' unions and the public before cancelling controversial plans to increase class sizes.
Speaking to Firstline this morning, she said the Government has no plans to reintroduce the policy at a later date.
“I think they’ve seen that we’ve heard, we’ve respected their genuine concern,” says Ms Parata.
An alliance of education sector groups including teachers’ unions tried to meet with Ms Parata earlier this week, but she denies that she refused to sit down to talk with them.
“I said that I had individual sector organisation meetings which have been taking place yesterday and for the balance of today, and that once I was through hearing their particular issues from their specific part of the sector, then we could later in the process meet with them.”
Ms Parata also denies that she didn’t know the full consequences of the class size policy when it was announced at the time of the Budget, but wouldn’t be drawn on whether she knew - and was happy with - the fact that some schools could lose up to 10 teachers as a result of the planned change.
In dropping the policy the Government is also losing millions of dollars in expected savings.
“We have had to sacrifice the $60 million that was going into initial teacher education and pre-principalship qualifications,” says Ms Parata.
The minister says the Government will be looking at every part of the system to try and make savings elsewhere, but she says they have no intention of re-introducing the policy at a later date.
“We have no plans to do that.”
Watch the full interview of Education Minister Hekia Parata talking to Firstline's Samantha Hayes.
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9/06/2012 11:44:33 a.m.
This is just another shining example of how often John Key and the National Party lie.
They thought that they could slip one past the tax payer... and they really tried.
But I remember John Key saying there would be no loss of frontline staff... but again, he lied.
There would have been a large number of frontline staff gone if this idiot policy had of gone through.
John Key barely knows what the truth is... he lives in a world of lies.
8/06/2012 12:31:48 p.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
Quote: "Speaking to Firstline this morning, she said the Government has no plans to reintroduce the policy at a later date.“I think they’ve seen that we’ve heard, we’ve respected their genuine concern,” says Ms Parata'Well done Education Minister Hekia Parata for listening and taking quick decisive action. Do not get side tracked by the looney Greens & Labour and their calls for apologies and your resignation. Keep on with your ambition to get 5 out of 5 students to attempt passing. It is long well overdue that teaching profession have to lift their game and by all accounts 95% of them are very good.Keep up the good work.
8/06/2012 10:57:46 a.m.
A very quick backdown indeed. Makes me think that perhaps this whole thing was a smokescreen to cover up a more distatsteful policy.
8/06/2012 10:49:18 a.m.
I think its great Hekia has listened to the public. she should be praised for doing so. Ministers often are too proud to back down. Calls by the greens for her to stand down are just ridiculous. she has done as the community have asked. what more do the greenies want?
8/06/2012 9:45:45 a.m.
good to see that they are not that pig headed that they wont listen. Its a shame that more notice of public opinion is not taken seriously.
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