In Parliament last night (12 September 2018), speaking to the second reading of the Education Amendment Bill and the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua, Tracey Martin (NZ First) the Minister for Seniors, Children and Internal Affairs, said …
‘What I guarantee you of is that the Minister of Education has made sure that the Ministry of Education has looked at the property some of your children have been taking their lessons in, and we will not allow them … you wouldn’t put your children in them … some of us wouldn’t put our dog in them. But we will make sure that those children are inside a property that is of an adequate standard.’
… ‘So it’s interesting that they haven’t visited the schools with substandard property that they stand there and are quite happy for those children to be taught by unqualified, unregistered teachers in property that we wouldn’t put dogs in. But, no, no, they are prepared to use those families and those children for political gain.
As it happens, Kura Hourua occupy premises that ere considered ‘fit for purpose’ by the Ministry of Education, they all teach the New Zealand Curriculum, they all employ qualified teachers, they all accord a priority to employing registered teachers, and in all cases where Minister Hipkins has approved that a Kura Hourua can be replaced with a state school, the Ministry of Education is likely to lease the premises currently occupied by the Kura Hourua for the new state school.
Tracey Martin’s comments were clearly wrong, they were clearly out of order, and she should be big enough to apologise to the communities of Charter Schools for making them.