04 July 2018
While presenting to the Education and Workforce Parliamentary Select Committee this morning on the Education Amendment Bill, a Bill that
Upon being elected to Parliament , Minister Hipkins instructed his Ministry of Education officials to terminate the contracts of
The Kura Hourua were told by Minister Hipkins and his officials that they could apply to set up new state schools, either Designated Character Schools or State Integrated Schools, which they have all done. So here we have 11 Kura Hourua now negotiating the termination of their contracts with Crown, at the
And now we come to the students in the Kura Hourua. They have 'Hobson's choice'. They have the option of returning to the state system that had served them so poorly in the past, or leave school if they are old enough.
In recent times Minister Hipkins has announced reviews of 'Tomorrow's Schools' and the NCEA qualifications. Apart from diminishing the input of School Principals on NCEA, both processes have been built around extensive consultation. This makes Minister Hipkins refusal to consult with those affected by the forced closures of 11 Kura Hourua serving 1500 vulnerable students. So now we can add inequity to the allegation of bullying.
Kura Hourua serve Maori, Pasifika,
So if this is not bullying then what is it? And by what stretch of the imagination can the Minister's flimsy regard for the Treaty of Waitangi be interpreted as honouring his obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi?
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