Stand up for kids: Queen Street march protests at threats to public education

Press Release – Green Party
Green Party MPs Metiria Turei, Catherine Delahunty, Denise Roche, Eugenie Sage, and Gareth Hughes joined with teachers today to protest against the GERM education reforms that have led to Charter Schools and which threaten our first class public education system.

The photo shows the Auckland protest as it marched down Queen Street. (Twitter photo by Frances Cook).

“Public education has never been as threatened as it is now and the Green Party stands with the teachers tomorrow to defend it,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

“While Mr Banks deliberately misleads the public with statements that some state schools want to host the new entities in their classrooms, educators from all over the country will be taking to the streets to protest against the Government’s agenda and to stand up instead for kids and to protect our schools.

“Poverty, not schools, is failing 20 per cent of our kids.

“The Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) is a model that has infected other countries by introducing standardisation, competition and test-based accountability, and is responsible for the kind of thinking that led to the failed attempt to reduce class sizes, and which seeks to privatise education through the failed Charter Schools Model.

“Our public education system is a national taonga that needs protecting from GERM,” Mrs Turei said.

Metiria Turei spoke at the Dunedin protest, Denise Roche at the Auckland protest, Eugenie Sage in Christchurch, Catherine Delahunty in Hamilton and Gareth Hughes in Wellington.


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