The first list of what National has done to education was lonnnng. Very long. And scary. Verrrrrry scary, You get my drift. But since it was published a year ago, there have been new horrors, many of which prove all the more interesting when you consider the $$$ involved:
- Novopay has cost an additional $45Million over budget to get working almost right, with issues still ongoing for staff.
- The Feed The Kids proposal was defeated by National, ACT and United Future. It would have cost an estimated $10-$14 Million to feed every child in a Decile 1 and 2 school.
- National Library announced it will stop supplying schools with topic-related non-fiction books. Schools will now have to use an internet-based service (even if they have 30 kids and 2 computers). This move will save about $400k tops.
- Education Amendment Bill (2) was passed that brings down the Teachers Council and replaces it with EDUCANZ, where none of the members are voted in by teachers. Not one. On our own professional body.
- IES is implemented at the huge cost of $359 Million and has minimal uptake. What uptake there has been is largely from high decile schools.
- One of the first 5 charter schools is failing abysmally, and the report confirming that was mysteriously held back until after the election – cost, a couple of million.
- Budget cuts meant a rise in charges to parents for early childhood education.
- ECE suffered cuts by stealth (again) which lead to either more unqualified staff or even more increased costs to parents.
- Not one high-needs (ORS) student has been enrolled to a single NZ charter school yet.
- Hekia implies she is considering performance pay for teachers, then fudges and backtracks and fudges some more.
- The decile review took place and despite everyone, including the Education Minister, agreeing it is a flawed model, nothing changes.
- Governance arrangements for universities and wānanga were gutted by the Education Amendment Act (2), against express concerns of those from all of our top universities.
- Hekia Parata announced her plans for national testing for year 9 and 10 students.
Add to those ….
- The number of disability allowances for children has been slashed, despite the number of children with disabilities increasing.
- The Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill failed its first reading, meaning more unhealthy homes, voted down by National and ACT (60-60).
… and a picture is painted of a government concerned not a jot with the poorest or most needy in our society. What a sad indictment.