Schools told to keep away from politics - minister
Fri, 13 Jul 2012 12:44p.m.
Schools have been told to keep politics out of their newsletters.
Education Minister Hekia Parata gave the warning when she spoke at the School Trustees' Association annual conference in Wellington today, Radio New Zealand reported.
Teacher unions recently fought the Government over its proposal to increase class sizes and cut teacher numbers - a policy that was subsequently scrapped - and schools used their newsletters to tell parents what they thought about it.
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15/07/2012 4:10:36 p.m.
the parents need to be informed of what the government is doing and the effects on their children. Not everyone watches the news or understands the full implications of proposed changes, therefore the newsletter is a great medium - hence NEWSLETTER! This is not about politics this is about informing the parents and they have a right to know! If the Minister has nothing to hide then why prevent schools from informing parents! This information should be kept non bias never the less.
14/07/2012 12:28:29 a.m.
@Erm yes they add truth.. John Key and Hekia are incompetent.
Why sugar coat how incompetent these two baffons are?.
Because you are an elitest... that will follow John Key regardless of what he does.
I would have to ask you what your comments add? other than nothing.
13/07/2012 5:00:28 p.m.
As per usual, people miss the point here. @Greg - it is not freedom of speech when a card carrying member of the Labour Party who is also a Principal fills the school newsletters with left wing propaganda WITH NO RIGHT OF REPLY. Debate is one thing, but a one-way political spiel is quite another. @David - do your comments actually add anything to the debate here? I think they tell us quite a lot about you.
13/07/2012 4:52:20 p.m.
You are right - schools are there to do a job, and they would do it a lot better if Hekia Parata didn't mess things up for them. Truth is she is just sore at having to do a massive U turn after messing up big time. It's a FAIL for this minister (aka John Key puppet).
13/07/2012 3:58:38 p.m.
This minister like John Key is barely capable of getting out of bed each morning... incompetence is all this National Government is capable of.
13/07/2012 3:55:26 p.m.
well excuse me minister, but u dont tell new zealanders wat to do, they tell u what to do...when they say jump, u fracking jump !!!!!!!!!! when they say they dont agree with ur bright ideas, u fracking listen... u r a public servant, u work for us, we are ur boss, we pay ur wages, we voted u in, we call the shots.
13/07/2012 3:37:16 p.m.
well said minister, schools are there to carry out a job that they are instructed to do by the ministry of education, time the criminal thugs we call unions but out of education. poor unite i remember helen clark rubbishing the tribunal over many things including the beaches.
13/07/2012 1:32:00 p.m.
Here we go again - this govt trying to shut people up so they can carry on with their damaging policies with impunity. It doesn't stop - John Key rubbishing the Waitangi Tibunal before they've even come up with a recommendation, the police complaining that the Whangarei District Commander spilt the beans to the media, and now Hekia Parata trying to shut up schools. This has got to stop. This country needs more debate, not less.
13/07/2012 1:00:42 p.m.
Has the minister ever heard of the freedom of speech? One would have thought she would only be too keen to have the public discussing the 'brilliance' of her policies.
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