Hekia has encountered some risky behaviours, too, but is giving troubled charter school another chance

February 21, 2015

Mrs Grumble shied off doing some online checking into the charter school that has been told to pull up its socks.

She had been keen to find out something more about the Northland school that has been told it is failing and has already cost taxpayers about $1.5 million – a number that (according to Stuff’s education sector sources) could double.

This bothers Alf and the missus because this is money that might well be spent on something dear to we Nats, such as Team NZ.

So what’s the school got to say for itself?

When a Google search to the school website was undertaken, our anti-virus software sounded a warning:


Are you sure you want to go there?

http://tkhkwhangaruru.ac.nz/ may be risky to visit.

Why were you redirected to this page?

  • When we visited this site, we found it exhibited one or more risky behaviors.


Risky behaviours?

What possibly could this mean?

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Don’t tell Hekia, but it takes gall to regard September as an early month of the year

September 10, 2014
Enderby Island ... and the end of an education problem if ratbag kids were shipped here.

Enderby Island … and the end of an education problem if ratbag kids were shipped here.

Alf is very fond of Hekia Parata and an admirer of her unwavering optimism.

The media have been banging on about three out of five charter schools failing to meet minimum enrolment targets.

But our indomitable Education Minister is unruffled.

The NZ Herald reports on what she had told Radio NZ:

(a) there is still demand for these schools and (b) it is still early in the year and figures might improve.

September? Early in the year?

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Let’s hear it for the PPTA – whether we privatise a school or nationalise one, they are opposed

September 26, 2013

The PPTA is opposed to charter schools – one of its discussion papers claims – because they pave the way for privatising the state school system.

The very same PPTA also opposes the application by a private school to join the state system.

Go figure.

If these tossers added 2+2 the answer would be …

Anything but four and probably something that needs taken to eight decimal points.

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We don’t need Treasury – surely – to tell us not to bank on Banks to turn out smarter kids

December 25, 2012

Funny thing about Christmas day is that Alf has a serious compulsion to find something to read, while Mrs Grumble gets on with cooking the Christmas turkey.

And his Christmas Day reading today led him to something he missed the other day.

Something about charter schools.

Dunno if we needed a set of Treasury papers to find expressions of scepticism about the charter schools improving student performance.

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You would resist charter schools, too, if you thought they would expose your professional shortcomings

August 7, 2012

Hands up all those in favour of charter schools.

The swelling chorus of outrage against charter schools is to be expected.

It is coming from the education sector – a group which is bridling against the very real prospect of being found out.

They have rallied in a desperate bid to avoid that calamity.

We were treated yesterday to an expression of their collective concerns in a media statement (here).

The major education sector groups are united in their condemnation of the Government allowing unqualified and unregistered teachers in charter schools.

This statement was a response to the Government’s announcement last week of its intention to proceed with the introduction of charter schools.

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