Schools protest national standards
More than 100 defiant schools today submitted school charters without the required references to the new national standards.
The primary teachers union NZEI said about 350 schools around the country were involved in the protest against the ”hastily-developed, untested and potentially harmful” standards.
This move got a fair bit of attention round the regions, such as for example Wellington:
Wellington schools challenge national standards
About 45 primary schools from around the Wellington region have today thumbed their noses at the education ministry, by refusing to submit information about controversial national standards.
Schools are required to hand in an annual charter which legally must have information about their national standards targets. However today 45 schools from the Lower North Island are among 200 schools nationwide that have submitted their charters without the required standards information.
Schools shun Govt’s standards
Southland schools boycotting national standards will hand-deliver their school charters to regional Education Ministry offices this morning – minus the required national standards targets.
Waverley Park School principal Kerry Hawkins, Southland spokesman for the Boards Taking Action Coalition, said his school had set its targets against reliable, well-referenced tests and not national standards. There were about 16 schools in the coalition in Southland, he said, and more than 300 nationwide which did not support the standards. The New Zealand curriculum was one of the best in the world, he said, and this country was ranked fourth in the world for education.
Rebels to call Govt’s bluff
Nearly 40 Waikato primary schools are rebelling against the Government’s controversial National Standards, despite the threat of school boards being sacked.
By the end of this week, all primary schools are supposed to have provided their charters containing achievement targets based on National Standards to the Education Ministry. .. But some 350 schools nationwide, including Waikato schools involved in the Boards Taking Action Coalition, have refused to do so. …
The Government previously dismissed the group as a small minority, but Mr Grey warned it was “just the tip of the iceberg”. “People are saying it’s a relatively small group, but every regional principals’ association is opposed to [National Standards].
The depth of opposition to these standards would give a rational person cause to stop and think. Not so Anne Tolley, who says she will withhold resources from the rebel schools. Why? Because, according to Tolley “Look, it’s election year, so anything goes”. No wonder that even The Herald is calling for her to be sacked.