Tolley’s expert advisors not so expert

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Education Minister Anne Tolley’s expert advisors on educational achievement appear to be getting a failing grade from a number of schools, Labour Education spokesperson Sue Moroney says.Tolley’s expert advisors not so expert
Education Minister Anne Tolley’s expert advisors on educational achievement appear to be getting a failing grade from a number of schools, Labour Education spokesperson Sue Moroney says.

“It seems some of the Minister of Education’s experts are in fact in some cases former dental nurses or former police officers, and their advice is leaving some schools questioning the value of their help

“I would expect that educational experts would have a lot of educational experience and to be highly-regarded within the profession,” Sue Moroney said.

“This is just another example of how out of touch the Minister of Education Anne Tolley is with schools. Why isn’t she working with them on their needs rather than lumbering them with people who in some cases aren’t offering them the support they need.

“According to the Ministry of Education these educational ‘experts’ are experienced in ‘change management’, ‘evidence analysis’ and ‘connection building’. Which is in reality nothing more than a bunch of meaningless HR speak.

“Shouldn’t ‘expert’ educational advisors actually be required to know something about education?

“Schools want help to lift educational achievement, what they don’t want is pointless bureaucratic blather about ‘change management and ‘connection building’ from people who have no experience.

“Education Minister Anne Tolley needs to get off her high horse and actually start working with schools. Because so far all she has done is alienate them,” Sue Moroney said.
Authorised by Sue Moroney, MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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