This year’s election is about to hove into view and it’s time once more to consider everybody’s pitch. National Standards is a flagship government policy that’s very much on the line, with the controversy and opposition to its introduction nearly a decade ago refusing to go away. JAYLAN BOYLE considers again some of the main objections and invites Labour’s Chris Hipkins to discuss his version of a post-National Standards world.
A step into the unknown for the country's universities, after Labour announced first time tertiary students won't pay any fees next year, and by 2024, three years of training or study will be free.
Right now, we are in the calm eye of the storm when it comes to education policy in New Zealand. While some policies have been abruptly swept to the wall (such as National Standards, charter schools), others are still waiting to hatch writes Karen Spencer.
JOHN CLARK examines the long tail of underachievement through key events this year, including the class sizes controversy, charter schools debate, National Standards, and the Ministerial Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Achievement.
JUDE BARBACK looks at the arguments for and against making te reo Māori compulsory in New Zealand schools.
A grandmother’s letter to the Prime Minister urges the Government to reconsider their opposition to charter schools.