National’s hidden education agenda emerges

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

John Key has used a bogus agreement with ACT to bring in education policies promoting bulk funding and privatisation that National were working on before the election, but did not tell voters about, Labour’s Education spokesperson Sue Moroney says.Sue Moroney
Education Spokesperson

5 December 2011

National’s hidden education agenda emerges

John Key has used a bogus agreement with ACT to bring in education policies promoting bulk funding and privatisation that National were working on before the election, but did not tell voters about, Labour’s Education spokesperson Sue Moroney says.

“News today that the confidence and supply agreement between ACT and National includes plans to push on with a trial charter school system will come as a shock to most Kiwi parents.

“The ‘charter school’ proposal is bulk funding in drag. It is a model that has been blamed for the decline in educational achievement in Sweden.

“The ink is barely dry on the voting papers and National is already trying to hoodwink New Zealanders.

‘There is no way that the ACT party on 1 per cent and with just one MP could have forced National to substantially change our world-class education system. That is simply a nonsense.

“Once again National is implementing failed education policies, copied from overseas.

“But then that’s all we can expect from a National government that has no ideas of its own,” Sue Moroney said.

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