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Education, National Party, Parata (Hekia)

Bye Hekia: No party, no celebration.


My devices were alight today with messages from colleagues, friends, parents and social media folk sending smiley faces, high fives and happy dance gifs. She’s gone burger, they said. Hekia Parata is outta here. At last we’ll be rid of her and her mad cap ideas. It was like New Year’s Eve or winning the World Cup – there were celebrations across the land.

I appreciated the messages – it’s good to see so many people were as dismayed with Hekia’s performance as Education Minister as I have been and equally glad that we will soon see the back of her.

But, the general feeling of jubilation and relief at knowing we’ll soon be out from under the shadow of someone who has systematically undermined teachers, support staff and parents – not to mention students – in her bid to forge ahead with her neoliberal plan for the New Zealand education system, is tinged with trepidation; who (and what) comes next?

Because much as Hekia has a reputation for being snippy and unapproachable, she isn’t the main problem. The larger problem – and the one that will very likely not change much, if at all – is that of the government’s policies themselves. And, as stated National Party  (and ACT) ideology, the neoliberal policies and direction remain much the same no matter who from the party is in charge.

If we truly want to celebrate – if we want to run around the house with pants on our heads cheering like we’ve won gold, quaff wine in celebration, and look hopefully towards a future where students are at the centre of all education policy decision making – if that’s what we want, we don’t just need a new Education Minister, need a new government.

Enroll here.

Dianne Khan, Save Our Schools NZ

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3 thoughts on “Bye Hekia: No party, no celebration.

  1. Clear, concise, factual and so on point, another brilliant article. Just think, education could get Brownlee, Lotu-Iiga, Bennett, Collins, Smith, English, Bridges, McLay or Coleman. Snippy and unapproachable could be the good old days.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Greg Patel | October 19, 2016, 10:27 pm
  2. Sure we need a new government to sort out education, but the opposition need to state clearly to the voters what is wrong with NZ education now ie; the national standards fiasco, suppression of the arts, following failed overseas programmes, bulk funding/performance pay issues, etc. Then state what they are going to do about it in their policies.
    Unfortunately a lot of the voting public do not understand the issues from teachers perspective and believe the rhetoric being fed to them by National.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by John Horner | October 20, 2016, 10:55 am
  3. Let all teachers know that Labour says they will get rid of National Standards and prevent Global funding . A good enough reason to change the government . Teachers will once more be able to teach instead of test and foster creativity as we once did . Change the government .

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Judy Johannessen | October 20, 2016, 11:07 am

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