Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, January 29th, 2016 - 73 comments
Categories: accountability, education, national, schools - Tags: charter schools, economic genius, fail, money down the drain, waste
Did only RNZ pick up on this yesterday?
Charter school a waste of public money – PPTA
Education Minister Hekia Parata confirmed the closure of the charter school in Northland today, saying the challenges facing its board were too great.
PPTA president Angela Roberts said the union and Ministry advisors warned the government of all those challenges and risks – but were ignored. She said state schools could have made good use of the millions spent to prop up a school that was never viable.
The Ministry of Education updated the cost of the Whangaruru school from $4.8 million to $5.2 million dollars this afternoon. It said the extra $400,000 was a payment it was obliged to make for the first quarter of this year, even though the school will not be open.
The money will be paid to the owners of the school, Nga Parirau Matauranga Trust, and the Ministry said only a portion of it will be recoverable. ….
$400,000 down the hole for a school that won’t open? The Nats must have negotiated the contract with all the skill that brought as the Sky City, Warner Bros and Rio Tinto fiascoes. Brilliant.