It’s happened again.
The Nelson Mail reports that:
National MP and former principal Allan Peachey has broken ranks with front-bench colleague Katherine Rich over education policy, arguing in favour of the bulk-funding of teacher salaries… The Tamaki MP and associate education spokesman… publicly endorsed the controversial model of funding schools. This directly contradicted Ms Rich, who is the party’s education spokeswoman.
These kinds of gaffes are becoming a hallmark of the National Party “on-the-hoof” policy making process. The back end doesn’t know what the front end is doing and the public, understandably, don’t know who to believe. It’s bad enough that they’re “thinking” about a return to bulk funding. It’s worse that they’re not being straight with the public about it.
Post-Primary Teachers Association president Robin Duff said the union was concerned by Peachy’s comments:
“[National have] got to come clean on these things. They can’t continue into the new year saying they are still thinking about it.”