Education Amendment Bill (No 2) – First Reading – Video 13
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Education Amendment Bill (No 2) – First Reading – Video 13

age stays at five for children starts go so I can mean this boat of the house Mr Speaker I rise to speak on this the education amendment bill number two and here we are with another back to the future education bill this is not about moving the education system forward this bill is about getting rid of recent innovation because this is a government who knows what it is against but not what it is for we had the member and the speaker in the speech previously telling us that the government needs more time and isn’t that just a theme of the way that this government is approaching policy in New Zealand that wherever endowed form a working group put a review together and give it more time well that mr. speaker is not good enough so let’s look at what this bill actually does the first thing it does is it fixes up the problems that the government created with the last education bill we passed in this house which was to change the education council to the teachers council and what the regulatory impact statement for the bill we are discussing today the education minute bill number two says as it says that quote in making changes to the process for appointing the board of the teaching council the teaching council about a Araya amendment bill will reduce the government’s ability to protect the public and trust in the work of the council through membership of the board this increases the risk that the council could exercise its functions and ways that do not align given the breadth of the functions this could have implications for the safety of children and young people teacher supply and diversity the quality of teaching and the government’s fiscal commitments so what there is mr. speaker for me to translate is a very clear statement by government officials that the legislation we passed in this but weeks ago put at risk the public safety put at risk the public safety of children and young people and it did that because it overturned what currently exists with the teaching council it changed it out of the government’s desire to to have political to and change the name of something and in doing so put at risk the public interest and so here we’ve got the tidy up here we’ve got the tidy up though to tidy up the mistakes that were made recently and here we have the tidy up which is to introduce new measures to that give the minister the ability to direct the teaching Council so isn’t this an interesting situation we have minute members of us at getting up speaking passionately about how they wanted to give teachers autonomy they wanted to change the council to give teachers more ability to make their own decisions and then two weeks later here we are discussing a bill which seeks to give the minister a new power to direct the teachers council on matters of government policy and it does that for the very serious reason that there would otherwise be risks to the public interest is defined by officials so what I would say to me was opposite as I think it’s time that you went and spoke with the minister and said look let’s stop it with the political auto when we do these bills in the house that just getting rid of things that national did what it does is it creates more complications and we find ourselves back in the house doing other things in the following weeks so what we also see with this Education Council decision making section of the bill is that it allows the government to direct the teaching Council in various ways and and we would ask why it is in particular in this bill that it has made explicit that these government policy statements that are now able to be issued will not be disallow of all instruments that is that they will not be available to Parliament to scrutinize and and that is a question that we will be able to address at further readings of the bill so what so what else does this bode oh well this bill also takes a totally retrograde step when it comes to communities of online learning but here we have another innovation that the previous national lead government put forward the national lead government could see that we are in a time of digital revolution where the ability to create online teaching resources as greatly enhanced and better than it has ever been in our history we had for example the Khan Academy and if those anyone listening hasn’t seen the Khan Academy and the great work that it can do to teach maths to people all over the world I encourage you to go and have a look on YouTube right now what we have seen is innovations like that that allow children young people to be taught via a digital device to be taught from distance now of course this is not ever going to replace the great work that happens face-to-face in classrooms and there must continue but there is a place for online learning particularly in a country where we do have provincial areas that are not served by large schools with vast staffs and subject selection and in a country where often students choices are restricted because there isn’t the subject choice and curriculum choice that there would be at a larger school so what the national government recognized was that it was time to allow for communities of online learning to allow for new institutions to grow up and to provide services to to schools and this was a regime that was being embraced but no labor and this bill says we’re getting rid of that and what’s the reason for getting rid of it well I’ve looked through the bill purpose statement mr. speaker I’ve looked through the bill and the best explanation I could find us to provide quote further time to consider the future and Mr Speaker I would suggest to you that just putting off these things is not good enough the New Zealand’s public have a right to expect that that party opposite would have come into this Parliament with a plan for the future if you’re sitting in the seats of government you should already have a plan for the future and so what else did we have as we have particularly two Kura the Correspondence School but also the virtual learning networks which currently exist caught under incredible pressure by this bill because they now don’t know what the future looks like and what officials warn us and the regulatory impact statement says that in fact these virtual learning networks are under pressure to grow but may do spend if Arrangements become too difficult to manage so that’s potentially the impact of removing the communities of online learning not only does it take away the potential for innovation and future it jeopardizes the innovation that already exists and why mr. speaker oh because the government needs more time and I’d suggest also because the government is intent on overturning every single innovation that national brought and to try and lift the achievement and our schools whether it’s partnership schools whether it’s communities of online learning whether it’s the way the education council functions this government is taking us back to the future in education what else does the bill do well we’ve had quite a lot of discussion and this debate today about cohort entry for children over five years oh we had an interesting discussion from Jamie strange about Sweden and children not having to learn till they’re six and the virtue of play based learning and all of those things are interesting mr. speaker but none of them are reflected in this bill because this bill doesn’t say here’s the innovative new way we’re going to support young people to learn no this bill doesn’t say here is the new way that we’re going to encourage learning to happen and new entrant classes no it does none of that all it does is that says that the cohort entry policy that’s currently in place is going to be tipped upside down and changed and mark my words what is going to result for New Zealand parents is confusion it is incredibly confusing for me to even step you through right now what’s going to happen but I’m I’m gonna give it a great go until the first of January 2020 schools current cohort entry policies may remain or they may be terminated but after 2020 they have to have new policies which are enabled by this bill and that will require more consultation what is the impact of this for an everyday mum and dad the impact is they don’t know when their child is going to start school because the Labour government is so intent on changing things that national put on to give parents choice and to empower schools that in fact all we’re left with is a very confusing situation where parents do not have a clear idea about when their child can start school but one thing that can be clear off they can be very clear that not all children in this country guaranteed anymore to be able to start school at age five it used to be a guarantee that when you turn five you could have started school well that that is no longer a guarantee thanks to the measures and this bill so we have those three measures and then we have the measure around private schools registration criteria and I want to be very clear that schools providing a safe physical and emotional place for students is important it is essential but forgive me for asking whether or not giving the Minister of Education the broad discretion to close a private school is a good idea when we have seen that very same Minister of Education prepared to show callous disregard to the students and partnership schools whose lives have been transformed by those schools whose well-being has been enhanced whose learning has been enhanced that Minister was prepared to close those schools mr. speaker and so I question whether he is the kind of minister that should be getting expanded discretion for the future this bill is simply a step back to the future where are the new ideas you have none had some vision for education instead of this mr. speaker Thank You mr. speaker

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