Key should sack himself | The Jackal

25 Jan 2013

Key should sack himself

Today, the NZ Herald reported:

Mr Key also defended his Education Minister, Hekia Parata, saying there had been calls to sack her.

"Over the last two months I've had plenty of people telling me I should sack Hekia Parata. I challenge you, name one person who cares more about Maori kids doing well in education in New Zealand that beats Hekia Parata. You won't name anyone, because she cares almost more than any of us that those young Maori kids succeed and she is succeeding."

That doesn't make sense... Parata cares almost more than any of us but nobody else cares more about Maori kids? Yet another logical fallacy by the so-called Prime Minister of New Zealand.

I think Key has entirely lost it... If Parata actually cared about the educational outcome of Maori children she would start showing that by doing her job properly. You simply don't get good outcomes by attacking teachers and their schools, it's as simple as that.

Not only has National done its best to undermine teachers by implementing a pay system that was never going to be up to scratch, they've threatened to close schools, reduce teacher numbers, increase their workloads, introduce unqualified teachers to undercut them and generally screw with what is a world class education system.

Then there is the fact that inequality and poverty are at unprecedented levels under a National government. Poverty impacts greatly on student's ability to learn or even attend school for that matter. Poverty leads to sickness and unwell children simply cannot attend school.

So that's the legacy Parata is leaving for our children. In my opinion Key should sack her forthwith... He should also sack himself while he's at it.