Let’s destroy more jobs, Prime Minister!
You know that things in this country have turned to custard when ordinary citizens, like Sandra Spekreijse, living in a quake-battered city have to make a public appeal to the Prime Minister, just to do the Decent Thing,
Going back to a pre-election speech on 29 January 2008, John Key said,
“Well, I’ve got a challenge for the Prime Minister [to then Prime Minister, Helen Clark]. Before she asks for another three years, why doesn’t she answer the questions Kiwis are really asking, like:
… Why is one in five Kiwi kids leaving school with grossly inadequate literacy and numeracy skills?“ Source
And then went on in the same speech to state,
“The National Party has an economic plan that will build the foundations for a better future…
… We will be unrelenting in our quest to lift our economic growth rate and raise wage rates…
… We will concentrate on equipping young New Zealanders with the education they need for a 21st century global economy…
… And we will do all of this while improving the public services that Kiwis have a right to expect… “ Ibid
One wonders how making 170 teachers redundant will help to “equip young New Zealanders with the education they need for a 21st century global economy” ? Call me old fashioned – but I thought that teachers were a necessity in a class-room?
Or does this government expect our children to educate themselves?
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (which we won’t have any more – not enough teachers to train them) to figure out that National’s crazy decision to axe 170 fulltime teacher jobs in Christchurch will not help that city re-build, and instead we may see those 170 teachers join the migration to Australia.
John Key asked, “Why is one in five Kiwi kids leaving school with grossly inadequate literacy and numeracy skills?“
Well, Mr Prime Minister, it’s because of insane decisions like this that probably contributes to our under-skilled, low-achieving, and ultimately unemployed kids.
Mr Prime Minister – stop this ridiculous action. Save those jobs. We need teachers. Christchurch needs those teachers. Cutting 170 positions may save our balance sheet a few hundred thousand bucks – but it will not help Christchurch re-build. Nor will it help the morale of our Cantabrian cuzzies.
Australia does not need any more of our skilled professionals.
Do the decent thing, Mr Prime Minister. Do it now.
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