PPTA President

Image Angela Roberts PPTA president 2013-2014

News and views from PPTA president Angela Roberts.

Includes the PPTA News viewpoint and his responses to various education issues raised in the media.

(Angela began her presidency mid January 2013)



Step inside the gates

PPTA president Angela Roberts comments on the ill-informed narrative of unhappy students and a failing school system. 

"This data doesn’t point to a crisis but a school system of which we should be proud"

A visiting US academic recently recommended something that I’d heartily endorse. It was that Ministry of Education staff, from top to bottom, connect with a school they could visit and get to know, on a regular basis and over an extended time.

This wouldn’t be about enforcing ministry priorities or accountability, but just to link the bureaucrats better with the reality of school life today.

And it’s the same to some extent for me, getting out of the Wellington office and into schools around the country is one of the most important, but also enjoyable and rewarding, parts of being PPTA president.

In my travels, I’ve been struck by the maturity and charm of our secondary school students and the ownership and pride they have in their schools.