Rally calls for education to be election issuePublish By NZweek News Staff 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.
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.