Nanaia Mahuta has a wicked sense of humour, as well as being a very smart politician. She’s issued a report card on National’s performance on education – Tolley gets a C- for cuts to adult and community education, a D- for slashing cuts to early childhood education, and a C+ for putting some of it back after they realised their mistake. Parata gets an F for failing to do homework.
Nanaia Mahuta says:
“Unfortunately ‘new entrant’ Hekia Parata has shown little improvement. She has been uncooperative and disruptive. Failure to do any homework has put her at risk of suspension, or possibly expulsion,”
“While the Minister claims that only 10 per cent of all schools will be affected by her behaviour she is unable to provide the evidence to support those claims. Meanwhile the education sector is arguing that many more schools will be hit by the ratio changes.
“The Minister has also claimed that investing in quality teachers is critical, yet she fails to explain how capping teacher numbers at current levels for the next four years will impact on classroom learning..
“Larger classes are no substitute for teachers being able to spend quality time with students in a dynamic learning environment. Labour will reverse National’s policy because it makes no sense if we want all our children to get the best start at school and stay engaged in learning.
“Ms Parata must try harder. She lacks listening skills and has shown she has trouble with numbers. We’re giving her an F,” said Nanaia Mahuta.
Mahuta’s report card also says that Parata risks expulsion. There may be something in that, judging by John Key’s comments from London that she should talk to the unions. Looks like a call to the headmaster’s office in the offing.
Sounds like there is a lot of scurrying in the Beehive as well. It maybe time for the predicted backdown.