National is holding more than 40 public meetings throughout New Zealand to listen to parents’ and teachers’ views on issues in education. The meetings will have a particular focus on the Tomorrow’s Schools proposals. The proposals represent the largest education reforms in more than 30 years. We want to ensure that hundreds of thousands of parents and the 19,000 trustees on boards have a good understanding of the proposals and the opportunity to be heard.

At the meetings we’ll be providing factual information about the proposals as well as seeking feedback.

Proposals by the taskforce include changes to governance, learning support, and enrolment schemes.

National has expressed serious concerns about the creation of approximately 20 new Crown entities called Education Hubs, which would transfer responsibilities from parents to officials and potentially disempower parents.

However, we do agree with the taskforce that there’s a need to improve governance and collaboration in our education system and there are some positive aspects of the report in areas like learning support.

This is a once-in-a-generation chance to make significant changes to our education system.

Once the meetings are complete we’ll provide a summary of the feedback received to the taskforce.

I will be holding a meeting with Hon Nikki Kaye, National’s Spokesperson for Education, Papakura MP Judith Collins and National List MPs Kanwaljit Bakshi and Agnes Loheni in Papakura as follows:

What: Future of Education – public meeting
When: Friday, March 22, 4pm
Where: Papakura High School, Willis Rd, Papakura
Who: Parents, teachers, principals, Boards of Trustees. Children welcome

We expect the meeting will run for about an hour with some small presentations, followed by the opportunity for people to ask the MPs questions.

Thanks

Andrew Bayley (Member of Parliament for Hunua)

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