Government’s Fees-Free Policy Will Widen Educational Inequality

BY ACT at 5 December, 2017


“Labour will tax hardworking New Zealanders to fund university for students that come from disproportionately upper and middle class families,” says ACT leader David Seymour.   “With $3 billion in new spending, and a plan to scrap Partnership Schools, this Government will widen the gap between those that are failed by our state schools and don’t make it to university, and those who have many choices available to them.   “Only 8% of kids that leave


Hipkins Must Come Clean on Partnership School Policy

BY David Seymour at 5 November, 2017


 

“The Education Minister needs to take a deep breath and consult with people affected by his decisions before making conflicting statements that affect children’s learning,” says ACT leader David Seymour.

After reports regarding four Partnership Schools contracted to open in 16 months’ time that ‘he can say with some confidence they won’t go ahead,’ newly minted Education Minister is now reported as saying he ‘had asked for urgent advice on the


Education Minister in Over His Head

BY ACT at 5 November, 2017


“Education Minister Chris Hipkins is already in over his head,” says ACT Leader David Seymour after the Minister sort-of cancelled four Partnership Schools who have been contracted to open in 14 months’ time.

“If this is how he does business,” says Seymour, “then he is going to find Government very tough.”

“The Sponors of these schools are passionate educators who were required to demonstrate community support for their schools before their applications were accepted. He’s not


Labour desperately spins on charter schools

BY David Seymour at 14 September, 2017


Labour is desperately spinning on their union-pushed policy to abolish Partnership Schools, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


NZEI resorts to desperate measures due to union failure

BY David Seymour at 13 September, 2017


Unions like NZEI are the cause, not the solution of teacher shortages, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Desperate measures like writing off student loans and providing dedicated teacher housing would never be on the table if teacher unions had negotiated salaries in line with other sectors’.

“In recent decades teacher unions have been the problem, not the solution. In 1985, experienced teachers earned 1.93 times the average New Zealand salary, now it’s 1.37 times