I am told by the principal of a charter school they are accountable for academic results and for upholding the promises made in their charter.

Who has been held accountable for the abysmal academic results of Maori and Pasifika children over the past decades?

For the students, the priority learners, charter schools are successful. That’s why Māori leaders in particular are not happy.

Sir Toby Curtis, a member of the Partnership Schools Authorisation Board, is spot-on when he said recently, “This Government has decided to do things ‘for’ us, rather than let Māori do things for ourselves. I’ve seen this happen countless times. I’ve watched billions being spent on government and NGO initiatives designed to fix our problems. But things keep getting worse.”

History repeating itself once again. At the expense of priority learners, those who can least afford it.