Teachers always seem to be fighting against National, Hekia Parata is just the latest minister to come up against them (and hasn’t fared well).
Whale Oil has pointed out that Robin Duff recently declared war on the New Zealand government:
“PPTA will now be able to focus its energies on fighting the government’s agenda of undermining New Zealand’s public education system.
“We will campaign actively against the imposition of charter schools and the constant reductions created by quarterly funding and demand accountability for the Novopay and Christchurch Renewal Plan debacles,”
A comment at The Standard hints at what teacher unions may wish for:
If I was an education union leader I would be dropping in for a quiet chat with Hekia over the break.I would make her an offer.“Do as we tell you for the next couple of years and we will keep you out of trouble.”
But maybe not, the teacher unions seem to like trying to destroy National. Some really see National as their enemy – ironically accusing Government of deliberately harming education. Another Standard comment:
Perhaps Parata is doing exactly what she was put there for: to destroy
and degrade public education. We know the Tories want to privatise. We
know the private providers can’t compete with the existing system: the
quality is too high for them. Solution: reduce the quality.
That’s bizarre old world political and class paranoia.
But Parata has been crap. She has been fighting against more than her own incompetence, she has been fighting a wall of opposition from the education sector. She doesn’t seem anywhere near capable of dealing with that.
But if Parata is replaced any new National Minister of Education will have difficulty with the ongoing political battle that eacher unions seem intent on being involved in.
The kids seem to take a back seat as the adults fight over the steering wheel.