So which is more precious – kura kaupapa or Tolley’s policy of going soft on them?

February 4, 2010

School principals say they want to be treated as “democratically” as Maori immersion schools in the roll-out of national standards, according to the NZ Herald.

But are the Maori immersion schools being treated more “democratically” than mainstream schools?

It’s more a matter of them being given preferential treatment, or favourable treatment, or special treatment…

And hence the mainstream schools are being discriminated against.

Alf accordingly would advise the aggrieved principals to take their wailings to the Human Rights Commission, except he thinks the commission is a waste of space, and anyway it tends not to recognise discriminatory practices if Maori happen to be the beneficiaries.

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A bureaucratic outrage in Holyoake country

July 31, 2009

Ha! Alf was right to advise Education Minister Anne Tolley to make bloody sure school closures have the community support she imagines.

The Dom-Post today says the Government is being accused of “duping communities” into reassessing the education needs of their children, only to get a foot in the door to shut schools.

The accusations and growing anger come from the latest community to be hit with a sweeping education review, the Tararua District, where eight schools have been signalled for closure.

The review process, called a Community Initiated Education Plan or CEIP, has also been criticised by the Principals Federation, which says the process is flawed as it leaves communities wrenched apart by uncertainty.

With two other review processes under way around the country, those already affected fear more reviews will be “forced on communities”, resulting in mass closures of rural schools.
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