Written By: - Date published: 1:33 pm, July 24th, 2015 - 31 comments
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Friday afternoon is the dead time in politics. If you have any bad news now is the time to dump it.
In a result which is that crazy it will potentially overshadow the Serco fiasco, at least for a while, Hekia Parata has decided to punish a poorly performing Charter School by increasing in its funding. Yes the last sentence is correct and does not contain any typos.
A troubled Northland charter school has been allowed to stay open and will be given a large funding boost – despite an audit finding grounds to terminate its contract and financial management problems.
The long-term future of Te Pumanawa o te Wairua remains unclear.
Education Minister Hekia Parata has not taken advice from her ministry to close the school, but will again consider its future after the results of another audit in October.
The reasons for the recommendation that the school be closed include the following:
The Ministry thought that the breaches were not capable of remedy and that the grounds exist for the Minister to issue a termination notice. But instead of this she kept the school open and gave it extra funds of $129,000.
In February she gave the school a final notice. Now it sounds like it has a final final notice and some more money.
Given this precedent Serco can expect to have an increase in the amount it is paid.
National need to do the proper thing, acknowledge this model has failed, and reintegrate students of this school back into the main stream system. Parata’s decision is obviously because they do not want to admit that this particular experiment was a mistake.
I understand the amended Health and Safety reform bill will be released today and there is more news about Serco to break. This particular Friday afternoon looks like it is going to be a colossal bad news dump day.