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Minister should practice what she preaches - Mahuta

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Hekia Parata has managed to offend the very profession she needs to achieve her ambitious target of 85 per cent of all school leavers attaining level 2 NCEA qualifications, says Labour’s Education Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.

"In her speech to the PPTA annual conference Hekia Parata praised the profession, but then in the same breath she proceeded to tell them how to do their job.

"Her dismissive, superior attitude was insulting to teachers and shows the Minister has no real understanding of the valuable work that they do for our children every day.

"There was no acknowledgement that growing inequality is a major problem affecting children’s educational outcomes. Some young people are starting secondary school behind the 8-ball due to problems such as transience and turning up to school hungry. And there are more and more young people with behavioural and mental health issues turning up to school every day. Sadly, the Minister continues to ignore this reality.

"Instead Hekia Parata advocates failed education policies like charter schools, league tables and performance pay based on limited achievement data. She is leading New Zealand in a race to the bottom of the OECD in educational performance.

"The Minister should take a long hard look at herself. She should apologise to the PPTA and teachers for her performance yesterday. And she should practice what she preaches and listen more to what really works for children in education," says Nanaia Mahuta.

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