The NZEI Te Riu Roa is one of those outfits that camouflages its purpose in life behind a name that means nothing to most Kiwis. Actually, it’s a union in the education sector, and it’s banging on about government Budget cuts to professional development programmes for early childhood teachers.
It contends these “will undo years of work and undermine quality education for our youngest children.”
But kids of that age don’t need a “quality education” – they do require good care and someone who can change a nappy, and a flash degree isn’t a prerequisite to deliver the goods.
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