Posted by: Michael Stevenson
on 26, Sep, 2013
D Grade education minister Hekia Parata landed another blow to earthquake devastated Aranui schools this afternoon by issuing a slow death warrant. Parata closed four schools - Aranui High, Aranui Primary, Avondale Primary and Wainoni Primary.
Parata described the closures as a “significant milestone”.
The overwhelming majority of submissions received during Parata’s “consultation” process had argued for the schools to be merged instead of closed. A merger would have kept the curriculum alive, given the community a new school to works towards collaboratively, and resulted in a much higher level of job security for staff in the build-up to a new Year 1 – 13 campus in 2017. By ordering a closure, four schools are now left in a state of flux. Inevitably many staff will have to look for work elsewhere which leads to less curriculum and subject choices for students.
The minister’s only explanation for her slow death option appears to be a leaked ministry briefing (later made public) stating a new school can’t open until 2017 so “PPP procurement can be explored”.
Posted by: Observer
on 12, Sep, 2013
For all the promises about consultation about the Christchurch renewal plan, the announcements today (closure of Aranui High , Aranui School, Avondale School and Wainoni School - Christchurch super school to go ahead) indicate that it is business as usual in that department.
The staff in the schools had asked in their response to the consultation that the minister use the tried and true merger process which provides more reassurance and certainty to already-stressed employees rather than closure, which simply tosses people out and expects them to fight against their colleagues for any jobs that are going. Either way people will lose their jobs, but the merger process treats them with dignity and considers their feelings about how they want to manage these career decisions; closure effectively throws them on the scrapheap.
It is not only inconsiderate and unfeeling to do this to fragile communities but is also educationally destructive. From bitter experience, PPTA knows that working under the threat of impending closure is profoundly demoralising for teachers and students. When there is a long timeframe as in this case, teachers return the disloyalty shown to them by the minister, by finding jobs elsewhere.
(Note the timeframe is long because that what’s required for a PPP)
Posted by: Tom Haig
on 01, May, 2013
Tagged in: Youth guarantee
, Teachers Council
, Ministry of Education
, John Key
, John Banks
, Hekia Parata
, education politics
, education policy
, Christchurch schools
, Catherine Isaac
, Bulk Funding
, Bill English
It was widely agreed that Parata had a rough year in 2012 and was lucky to keep her portfolio – albeit now saddled with a mini-van load of associate ministers who are doing most of the work.
Despite supposedly being the Ronald Reagan of the National Party she alienated the sector, baffled the public, struggled in the House and burned through her staff.
Posted by: PPTAweb
on 15, Mar, 2013
Will this happen in NZ?
Could New Zealand schools be forced to face a similar situation to this UK school?
Could NZ schools be forced out of community and parent control to become part of an overseas owned charter school franchise?
Posted by: PPTAweb
on 11, Feb, 2013
Horror stories, especially those that bring ghouls back from the shadows of the underworld, are popular with some people. Others prefer to rob a grave or three and dig up the skeletons of bad ideas.
The 'Bulk funding' spectre is one bad idea recently dug up by Ministry of Education wonks - and hinted at by lurking Treasury boffins - as a solution to 'teachers'.
Some of ACTs shades have even suggested taking the spectre of Novopay that one step further to the full chaos of bulk funding.