Before the election National made promises about extra resources to tackle problems in schools:
Strengthening the Ladder of Opportunity
National is determined to ensure our school system helps every child climb the ladder of opportunity. We will bring New Zealand schools into the 21st century to ensure that every child, no matter where they live or how much their parents earn, has the opportunity to develop the skills the modern world will require of them.
â€¢ Provide additional support to under-performing schools to ensure their pupils are on track to achieve National Standards.
â€¢ Get tough on truancy by prosecuting parents of persistent truants and give schools extra resources to crack down on truants.
â€¢ Give schools additional assistance for dealing with disruptive pupils. …
I am extremely worried about the youth crime problem, with senseless violence and killings seemingly occurring on a daily basis. Good, law-abiding Kiwis end up paying the price. We must act now to defuse these unexploded human time-bombs, who are on the fast-track to Paremoremo.
So will National be keeping their promise of extra resources to schools? Will they be working to nip youth crime in the bud? Will they act now to defuse these unexploded human time-bombs!?! No chance:
‘No money’ to combat school violence – Minister
Education Minister Anne Tolley says there is no money for counsellors and social workers at low decile schools. Ms Tolley was responding to a call by Auckland primary principal Shirley Maihi who wants extra school support after a 10-year-old bit a hunk of flesh from her shin and attacked two other staff. Principal of Finlayson Park School in Manurewa Ms Maihi needed stitches and a tetanus shot after the incident.
But she maintains that her school was not given enough support from the Education Ministry to handle the child’s “short fuse”. The pupil was excluded from the school and then roamed the streets, threatening to beat up pupils. Ms Maihi wants the Government to fund a counsellor and social worker at all low-decile schools, saying staff are in serious danger every day. But Education Minister Anne Tolley said it would cost more than $60 million a year and the cash was not available.
$50 Million for John’s cycle way to nowhere. $35 million for private schools. For the same money Tolley could have funded this support for schools and kept Adult and Community Education. It would have been money much better spent. Not only is failing to provide this support a broken promise, it is short term thinking. I’d be interested in an analysis of (1) the benefits of a young person completing an education and finding productive (tax paying!) employment, vs. (2) the costs of that young person instead of requiring state support on a benefit, or getting involved in crime and the prison system. How many lives turned around would it take for that $60 million investment to pay itself back a dozen times over?