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The announcement today to fund five charter schools in Northland and South Auckland regions is another example of the Government’s failure to listen to advice, evidence and reason, according to Philip Harding, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation.

The Government’s rationale for charter schools is to lift the achievement of what it calls ‘priority learners’.  These are learners from Maori and Pacific Island groups, special needs learners and those from low socio-economic groups. 

The New Zealand Principals' Federation (NZPF) President Philip Harding says that with the anniversary of the introduction of Novopay looming this week, there remains a lot of work to do.

School principals across New Zealand attending their national conference have today resoundingly rejected any further association with the development of the Progress and Consistency Tool (PACT), set to become a de-facto national test.

Principal and teacher leaders have rejected the Government’s decision to make a computerised national standards assessment tool compulsory for every primary school student in 2015. 

Today’s claims by the Prime Minister about National Standards data are as ropey as the data itself, claims the President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation, Philip Harding.

“Last year the Prime Minister acknowledged that the data was “ropey” and we are wondering what he thinks has happened to change that in the meantime? To assert to the public that there are measurable gains in national achievement is outrageous, given the variability of practice that exists across the country.

Legislation for charter schools in New Zealand is a kick in the guts to one of the highest quality public education systems in the world according to the President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation, Philip Harding.

‘Over 80 per-cent of Kiwi Kids sit at the top of the world for academic achievement,’ said Harding. ‘That tells us schools are doing an awful lot right for the education of our kids,’ he said, ‘Why would you want to put all that under threat?’ he asks.

The New Zealand Principals' Federation (NZPF) President Philip Harding says the findings of the Ministerial Review into Novopay bring no surprises for school principals.

'I think the reviewers have done a very thorough job of investigating the flaws in the Novopay system,' said Harding. 'The report gives a frank account of the myriad failures and shows that at every level Novopay has been a disaster,’ he said. 

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