Teacher unions are appalled at the Government’s announcement of a third round of applications for new charter schools to open 2017, after Education Minister Hekia Parata had indicated there would be no further rounds announced this year.
NZEI Te Riu Roa President Louise Green has called the move “outrageous” and describes charter schools as “an appalling waste of resources”.
"Our most vulnerable children are the guinea pigs in this ideological experiment, which has been a disaster so far. They deserve so much better. If this extra money was spent in existing schools, teachers would have the resources to help many more children.
The Government is reducing its funding for new charter schools and tightening the rules for dealing with problems that may arise.
However Green said these changes didn’t fix the underlying problems with charter schools.
"The tweaks to the model simply acknowledge that charter schools have been unfairly advantaged through greater funding, but the changes still don't address the fundamental failure of this approach, including the political failure to close a failing school."
PPTA president Angela Roberts agreed.
“We were told that this policy was a pilot, which would be rigorously evaluated. The evaluation hasn’t reported anything yet, but here we have more charters being announced, and the policy being changed already. While we welcome changes which will make the funding less out of kilter with that received by most students, it seems to be a pretty shambolic way to make policy.”