You can paint it pink but it still smells like a turd.

And that is the main reason why the Budget “redirection” of funds, via an increase in class sizes, tanked.
It is true that if Hekia Parata was a more experienced politician, the policy may have floated. To the top of the pond as it were. Previous Education Minister, Anne Tolley even managed to make salable manure from a highly controversial education policy, that of National Standards.
Refusing to give ground, Tolley stood right across the metaphorical road from the Union backed “hands Up For Learning”, campaign and flogged the National Standards policy for the political equivalent of ¬†$1 ¬†bag. Parents were divided into camps of support and dissent.The government effectively has it’s mandate if the parental voice is divided.
But, facing down the accusations of class size increases and the communities fearful of the abolishment of tech education, Parata would have had to work hard to hold her ground.
The biggest fail for Parata in my books was in not detailing where the funds would be directed to. And when the backdown was announced, the tone was vague and churlish with a nebulous reference to where the diverted funds might not have gone. A proposed $60m investment over four years into improving teacher quality, “could not go ahead immediately”.
“Yah boo sucks”, Hekia.
Wellington’s Karori West Normal School will be relieved and will no doubt reverse it’s decision to close it’s technology centre:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/the-wellingtonian/7055731/Karori-West-to-cut-tech-classes
Wellington’s Raroa Intermediate students might be relieved they will receive more than the two tech classes a year in classes of 40 students.
While Whaleoil has bloodlust over the supposed union victory, I’m of the opinion that most Principals will work with policy even when uneasy with the changes. Something must have really stank in this case.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11495995981682025219 nasska

    It is obvious that the Principals threatened ending tech studies rather than do away with a waste of resources such as Te Reo & by doing so got the parents & kids on side. Not even I would accuse the conniving cloth cap scumbags of being incapable of orchestrating an effective resistance to the change they run scared of.

    It is amazing that a group of socialists masquerading as a professional body can effectively dictate the duties they are employed to perform. My sympathies on this one run well to the right of ‘Whaleoil’. I’ll be dancing in the streets the day the government manage to break the teachers’ unions.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12538783137602201932 Monique Watson

    Well, you know Nasska, I am well enough acquainted with the indoctrinating practices of socialism to concede that you may have a point in your suspicions. I have put in a few OIA requests to relevant bodies over the recent class size furor and I’ll see if I can’t put 2 and 2 together to make 5.
    It is worth noting that despite the union claims that they represent the interests of parents and the community; they were against the original deployment of tomorrow’s Schools which is the scaffolding by which parents voices can be heard in schools today. a principal is usually sufficiently regarded that they can sway parents and board’s view without independent influence.

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