20 December 2012
State services commissioner Iain Rennie should consider his role in recent appointments and reflect on whether he is the appropriate person to be approving a new secretary for education.
PPTA president Robin Duff said that, in appointing Lesley Longstone, Rennie showed a lack of knowledge or interest in what the public wanted for education.
“He was unable to step outside of his own narrow political ideology and has effectively disqualified himself from being able to make a better appointment.”
Duff felt the ministry would have its work cut out for it finding someone willing to put their reputation on the line by taking on the role with the current minister of education still in place.
“More than anybody we want to see this position filled by a competent and confident candidate, but who is going to take the career-crushing step of trying to work with an aloof and autocratic minister who cannot connect with ordinary New Zealanders?” he said.
Rennie needed to get out and talk to people within the education sector if he hoped to make a successful appointment, Duff said.
“PPTA would welcome the chance to meet with him and talk through some of the real issues facing education.”
Contact: PPTA president Robin Duff – 04 913 4227 or 021 636 108