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Rally calls for education to be election issue

Publish By Updated 24/11/2011 5:09 pm in Opinion / 1 comment


Instead of its usual conference dinner, TEU held a loud, vibrant rally to Speak Up for Education this Monday where speakers from many education sectors all lambasted the current government’s failure to invest in high quality democratic public education.

Rally calls for education to be election issue

The rally included a number of satirical re-writes of well-known pop and rock songs including “Good Golly Ms Tolley”, and Queen’s “I want to break free”

Louise Green, NZEI national executive member and principal of Khandallah School talked to the rally about the damage National Standards could do to primary schools if teachers give in to its managerial pressure.

Kevin Bunker from the secondary teachers’ union PPTA described the on-going cycle of poorly researched policy that is introduced into schools without evidence that the old system in not working.

TEU national president Dr Sandra Grey criticised the massive cuts in funding across the tertiary education sector and Adult and Community educator, Robyn Hambleton, noted that only 24 schools now offer government-funded adult and community education compared to over 200 two years ago.

Student leader, David Do, noted rising fees were driving students into tens of thousands of dollars of debt.

All speakers called on the government and other politicians to speak up for education as a priority this election. There are photosand videosof the rally online.




  1. avatar Dr K R Bolton says:

    Isn’t this Dov Bing, lecturer of political science and public policy, Waikato University, in the foreground? What a bunch of hypocrites. It was Bing, and a gaggle of others who went slithering off to the TEU to get the enquiry into the Van Leeuwen thesis fraud enquiry stymied. It was Bing who threatened me with $300,000 litigation unless I published an absurd retraction in the press, and whom I caught out in bizarre lies in regard to Waikato Uni. staff and lawyers. It was TEU secretary Sharn Rigg who threatened the gutless Vice Chancellor Roy Crawford to halt the enquiry or face ‘action’. Scholarship means nothing to these scoudnrels.


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