Complaint to Auditor General over Partnership Schools

The Opposition is keeping up the pressure on the Government, in particular on Minister of Education Chris Hipkins, over proposed legislation to scrap Partnership Schools.

National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye has sent a complaint to the Auditor General “outlining potential issues to be investigated regarding the Government’s handling of the impending potential closure of partnership schools”.


Complaint to Auditor-General regarding partnership schools

National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye has today sent a letter to the Auditor-General outlining potential issues to be investigated regarding the Government’s handling of the impending potential closure of partnership schools.

“I want to stress that I while I believe there are serious grounds for the Auditor-General to investigate, it will be up to the Auditor-General to determine if there have been any issues with the process regarding partnership schools and any potential perceived conflicts of interest,” Ms Kaye says.

“It is important that all of the evidence and paperwork is made available and transparent before any conclusions are reached.

“The first area of complaint relates to Minister Hipkins’ and the Ministry of Education’s process around the discussions with partnership schools about their futures.

“The Minister has made several unfortunate comments that indicate he has a closed mind and there is potential evidence that the schools have undue pressure being put on them to terminate their contracts.

“I believe the Minister’s and the Ministry’s process is fundamentally flawed and there is public interest in investigating it.

“The second area of complaint relates to perceived conflicts of interest, or failure of Ministers to manage or declare conflicts of interest. This is set out in the letter I have sent to the Auditor-General.

“Given the serious nature of the letter, I hope to meet with the Auditor-General in the next couple of weeks.”

24 Comments

  1. robertguyton

     /  February 21, 2018

    This will go nowhere. National are wasting everyone’s time with their belly-aching.

    • Trevors_elbow

       /  February 21, 2018

      Oppositions are there to hold governments to account. Due process needs observing. We dont live in a Green dictatorship.

      Ham fisted ministers still need to run correct processes and contracts are honoured in NZ…

      At least its not Meteria in charge…. who would know if legal processes would be followed correctly?

    • PDB

       /  February 21, 2018

      If you were truly for ‘open, transparent and fair’ govt you’d be welcoming this Robert. Obviously you don’t.

      • robertguyton

         /  February 21, 2018

        Whadda ya reckon the Auditor-General will say, PDB?
        Straight into the waste-paper basket, I reckon!

        • PDB

           /  February 21, 2018

          Maybe, though there has been talk of an official paper the govt is sitting on that praises the partnership schools so could be of interest if true.

    • Gezza

       /  February 21, 2018

      Personally I think robert’s right. The Opposition is making a huge song & dance in Parliament about this, & about “nepotism” by Kelvin Davis for only visiting or talking to Partnership/charter schools in his electorate – but as the numbers of students attending these schools is miniscule in comparison to those in the major Private Schools & State Schools it’s not something that’s resonating with the general population.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  February 21, 2018

        It’s not just the comments of Davis and Jackson, both of whom have indicated preferential treatment.
        It is also the comments of Hipkins who has made several comments appearing to pre-determine the outcome of ostensibly “good faith” negotiations.
        The complaint has some merit. As to whether anything tangible comes from it – I doubt it would be more than a reminder as to how such discussions should be treated.

  2. Blazer

     /  February 21, 2018

    Kayes grounds are not..objective in any..way.

  3. lurcher1948

     /  February 21, 2018

    Keep the waste of time schools open,but withdraw funding and tell them the other partner has to fund it now as its a partnership deal and the NZ taxpayer has been doing all the funding…just saying

    • Trevors_elbow

       /  February 21, 2018

      Contracts not your strong point obviously…..

    • PDB

       /  February 21, 2018

      Nice to see you putting the kids first there Lurch!

      • lurcher1948

         /  February 21, 2018

        These schools were the bribe paid for act support.Isurvived the state system and don’t give a damn about children in say vanguard school.The pupil’s parents can pay full fees if they want them to attend make believe schools

        • Trevors_elbow

           /  February 21, 2018

          “don’t give a damn about children”

          Lovely attitude Lurch…. we see where you stand…. fit in or fuck off seems to be your attitude. Lovely….

          • lurcher1948

             /  February 21, 2018

            Why not,hell kids have so many things wrong with them that shrinks have thought up to keep them in a job.Can someone explain to me why we have military schools? is it so weak minded Pacifica and Maori children can be regimented and moulded to suit people with agendas
            PS i drank from a hose ate peanuts and used to cycle 6 miles along a state highway and i lived and got SC.

            • Gezza

               /  February 21, 2018

              🤔 Yeah – but did you turn out all right in the end Lurchy? 😉

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  February 21, 2018

          Pretend the kids are puppies, Lurch. Might make you kinder.

          • lurcher1948

             /  February 21, 2018

            Im hard Allan i was bought up in the hard school of knocks of life, the youth of today dont know shit when its pouring down their necks warm UMM read below
            PS we have just rescued a tri coloured 3 year old failed heading dog from a farm 3 weeks ago, a beautiful girl, A BLANK CANVAS,Will be a fast agility dog i hope??? have spent $900 dollars buying,her $100 (cheap)and $800,vax,chipping,SPAYING rego, lovely collar and name tag IM A HARD ARSE LEFTY really love my dogs though

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 21, 2018

              We are right now picking up a rescue dog, Lurch, for temporary care. Our others are snoozing on the sofas waiting for their chance to run around the sports field in an hour or so. Meanwhile I must go fix the letterbox our postie left unclipped yesterday so the top blew off in the northerly.

  4. Zedd

     /  February 21, 2018

    Interestingly in USA (the ‘birthplace’) Charter schools are reportedly closing.. not meeting their contractual requirements. Maybe they are actually monitoring the ‘progress of students’ rather than just glossing over things & rubbing their hands together; Money, Money, Money (Natl top priority.. Again) 😦

    • alloytoo

       /  February 21, 2018

      Please be clear,

      are the:

      1. The schools are being closed for not meeting their contractual obligations?
      2. The schools being closed without regard for their contractual rights?

  5. lurcher1948

     /  February 21, 2018

    David Farrar I DONT CARE and does being a great grand mother give you a special mantle. This letter looks like an ACT piece of propaganda,YAWN…charter schools gone burghers
    https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2018/02/a_great_grand_mother_writes_to_the_pm.html

    • duperez

       /  February 21, 2018

      I think there are parents and grandparents of children all over the country who could write fulsome letters about the care and attention given to their children and grand children in state schools and how those kids have succeeded and grown. We didn’t write glowing letters to media outlets or Ministers of education about the great work done with our lot. My parents didn’t with any of our tribe either.

      Well done on the grandmother, her kids and the teachers who’ve worked well for those kids.

      • Gezza

         /  February 21, 2018

        She’s writing about her Special Needs kids. This is an area that’s been defunded quite badly I gather under National.