Education Amendment Bill – First Reading – Video 7
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Education Amendment Bill – First Reading – Video 7

yeah I call Chloe’s schwarber if Amana 18 equator Nakata intifada it is a pleasure to rise after the fear-mongering of 110 McIndoe mr. speaker the Education Act was originally a center to in 1989 that means that it’s been alive for five years longer than I have and a year after the Education Act came into force in 1990 the world wide web was invented access to the Internet has changed the world and indeed education in ways that were almost once unimaginable my point is that the context of our lives and the context of Education is ever-changing however I believe that the values and principles behind why the state provides our country’s children with a supposedly free accessible compulsory education a high quality free universal education is one of the foundations of old zero and New Zealand yet for some reason I can’t see even Nationals David Bennett standing up and shouting socialism at that it’s in our DNA it is what we as a country believe in it is a vision best summarized I believe binary Richmond founder of New Zealand’s kindergardens who speaking at the on the rights rather to access public education said over a hundred years ago in 1906 and I quote all I ask is to give every child as fair a chance as possible as we are a formal democracy let us be truly democratic mr. speaker that vision lives on and it is at the heart of the legislation that we are debating today this bill is about cutting the white noise and getting back to delivering on that vision this bill as has been noted by many who have spoken before me removes the ability of the Minister of Education to sit national standards education and Workforce Select Committee yesterday as was brought and this house is quoted all by the Honorable nikki kay at that select committee yesterday members from this house on both the government and opposition benches heard explicitly from Ministry of Education officials that the regular testing required by national standards relies still on elements of subjectivity to that extent as has frequently been said in this debate they are neither national nor standard to echo the sentiments of Minister Chris hep cans that after nine years of this these national standards we’re not seeing discernible increase and achievements among students it was found in 2016 a survey by New Zealand Council of Education Research that 69 percent of primary and intermediate teachers had narrowed their curriculum as a result of national standards and this morning I met with NZD I a union who represents 50 thousand teachers staff and principals from the early childhood sector through primary Intermediate and Secondary Schools and as a powerful collective voice for teachers who have been required to implement our national standards for the past several years they noted the absolute joy at this legislation on today’s order paper removing these national standards does not look like removing testing nor does it look like removing reporting to parents those things existed long before national standards which I note were only implemented in 2008 and which will continue with the removal of national standards as mentioned to me this morning by NZ di that Union removing national standards looks like removing the shackles of consistent testing that soaks up time teachers would rather use for teaching one of the points of preferences sorry rather on the point of the preferences of teachers with regard to how they teach the opposition has spent quite a bit of time this afternoon trying to drive a wedge between the profession and clearance by stoking unnecessary fear about how will spiral out of control with the removal of national standards and I understand the cynical politics of it but I find it deeply disappointing it should be pretty obvious the teachers are not teachers because of the pay packet must have been it it is an important thing for the Greens to ensure that teachers are paid fairly for their work but as it stands there and the Labour Party but as it stands there is no massive financial incentive to become a teacher nor is teaching glamorous mr. Bennett unfortunately it does not hold the social standing or manner that we believe it should so I ask the house the question why is it that teachers teach it’s not the money nor the glamour nor the power but ask any teacher and I guarantee you that they will tell you it’s because they believe in our kids and they want to do their best to help them succeed so forgive me when I am frankly quite perplexed and the allegations from the opposition that the government is bowing to the wishes of the unions of the teachers those evil teachers who want our kids to succeed we’re listening to the people who work at the coalface with the impacts of the legislation that we hear in this ivory tower waffle on about and deeply politicized I also want to touch on the points raised by the Honorable nikki kay previously the Minister for Education Nikki spoke about vulnerable kids and how we will be deeply damaging these vulnerable kids by removing national standards but I not that oacd measurements of the poorest kids achieving oacd averages and reading maths and science found in 2006 I knocked before the introduction of national standards that thirty-six point six percent of those kids were reaching were beating rather those odds but in 2012 four years after the implementation of those national standards it had dropped by more than ten percent to twenty three point six percent so that correlation simply is not there and I would consist I would contest the fact that have suffered supposedly been bandied about this bill of course obviously also provisions removes the provision rather for the creation of charter schools charter schools are another recent invention of the previous government they came into effect around 2014 mr. Speaker I believe and the Green Party believes and this government believes that every child should have a high quality education at their local school I do not believe that charter schools provide the best mechanism to make that happen charter schools do not guarantee quality nor do they guarantee that access so fundamental to the value of our public education system Mr Speaker I want to acknowledge that there is an important conversation that we need to have about how mainstream education is currently not serving all of our kids but the best mechanism to make that happen as a nationwide conversation about the purpose of our education systems and what success looks like which this government has committed to yes a conversation involving teachers and parents and children and genuinely getting a grasp and an understanding for what they would like to see from this system not simply politicized waffling much of which we had heard from the opposition as was heard it’s the education and Workforce Select Committee as well the Ministry of Education is to working with all charter schools currently on a plan for their future they are not simply to be dropped into the abyss mr. speaker would be a short period of time that I have left this legislation also restores staff and student representation on tertiary councils and that mr. speaker is for us simply a matter of democracy that is appropriate decision making which is a core Green Party Charter principle it’s about ensuring that the people who are affected by the decisions that are made will have a seat at that decision-making table so – it makes practical and common-sense comprehensive enactments around the framework for fee-free tertiary education and straightforward changes to school boards strategic planning timelines mr. speaker in summation I really look forward to hearing from New Zealanders about this legislation at select Metis I look forward to progressing the values and vision for a free accessible Universal education for all that which Otero was founded on in which I implore David Bennett’s to yell socialism at I commend this bill to the house you

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