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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,

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Going back to a pre-election speech on 29 January 2008, John Key said,

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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

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And then went on in the same speech to state,

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“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

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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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Further reading

Hey! Key! Leave our teachers alone!

John Key’s email address

john.key@parliament.govt.nz

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  1. Gosman
    26 September 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Will the teacher to student ratio and associated funding that existed prior to the earthquake be reduced as a result of these cuts?

  2. 26 September 2011 at 7:13 pm

    “Teacher to student ratio and associated funding” isn’t the point here.

    The point is,

    (a) the morale of Cantabrians who have lost much of their city; infra-structure; businesses; and several thousand of their population. Losing teachers will not help matters.

    (b) reduce opportunities for teachers, and we lose yet more skilled professionals to Australia. This is counter to what John Key promised the country in 2008.

    This has to be more than about money, Gosman. It has to be about retaining the skills and experiences that locals have built up. It has to be about helping Cantabrians to maintain confidence that their city will overcome the destruction wrought by two earthquakes.

    Losing skilled people will not help. We need to help maintain infra-structure – not “gut” it further.

  3. 26 September 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Would have to agree with everything you say Frank! The PM has basically said,quite frankly I don’t give a damn!

    • 26 September 2011 at 8:42 pm

      That’s pretty much how it comes across, Peter. Dollars and cents, teacher-pupil ratios, and the peoples’ morale be damned.

      I think Key has really blown this one and may have underestimated the significance of his “book-keeping” mentality…

  4. Giarne
    27 September 2011 at 6:54 am

    Friends who are normally well informed and reliable have said that Joyce managed to secure some funding for Canterbury tertiary institutions and yet Tolley doesn’t want to or hasn’t bothered to do something similar for schools and early childhood services. Typical! Tolley is the most revolting, uneducated Education Minister!

    It is really short-sighted to make 170 teachers surplus and then we’ll be trying to attract them back to the area in a couple of years when people start returning to live in Christchurch. Seems like Key has given up on ChCh altogether though, the unemployment line gets bigger and jobs they do have control over, like education, are under the same constraints as pre-earthquake times.

    Don’t fall for the line that they kept operational funding the same all this year too … that’s the way it is all the time. The surplus staffing is done in Sept for the coming year, that funding stays the same through roll drops, it can go up with roll increases.

    • 27 September 2011 at 8:35 am

      Interesting insight, Giarne. Thank you.

      And yes, I agree, it is thoroughly short-sighted to drop these 170 positions. Vicki Anderson made up excellent points in her “Press” column, “Rock and Roll Mother“.

      As she wrote,

      We can’t afford to lose 169 teachers.

      So what if class sizes are smaller?

      Children in Canterbury, arguably, need more one-on-one attention from teachers. Let go of the preconceived ratio.

      Go wild and crazy and give our children a glorious abundance of caring, knowledgeable adults.

      Children are stressed, tired from aftershocks, mum and/or dad may have lost their jobs, someone they know may have been killed.

      The absolute last thing they need is to have another familiar person taken away from them.

      At a time when Christchurch needs maximum support, for the government to strip away 170 teachers is further undermining the city. This is not what John Key said when he made his numerous “smile and wave” trip to Christchurch, to reassure Cantabrians.

      Key has back-tracked on so many of his promises. This is one he should should be keeping.

  5. Gadgitgirl
    27 September 2011 at 10:05 am

    It is shameful at a time when our children need consistency and the known support of their school community.

    Our teachers deserve as much as well after looking after our/my children on a day of hell while their own family circumstances were completely unknown.

    Has the government lost their mind or do they really not care a damn about what is happening here in Christchurch?

    National standards made sure I would not vote national. This act of cruelty will see me actively campaigning against national to everyone I come in contact with.

    • Gosman
      27 September 2011 at 2:58 pm

      I look forward to your active campaigning against National making a huge difference come November.

      • 27 September 2011 at 3:02 pm

        You may find that ‘Gadgitgirl’ is not the only one, Gosman. After a while, people get sick of empty promises and policies that don’t meet their needs.

        You may disparage it, but it won’t mitigate the gathering resentment.

      • Gosman
        28 September 2011 at 8:04 am

        I’m sure eventually people get sick of a sitting Government. You just need to look at the 2008 election to see that effect. However it is not usually the case after a single term and certainly unlikely given the current polling levels National enjoys at the moment. Someone who, (as is obvious from her comments), don’t usually vote for right leaning political parties deciding to support left leaning ones as they normally do aren’t going to make much of a difference at this stage.

  6. Red
    28 September 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Gosman :

    I’m sure eventually people get sick of a sitting Government. You just need to look at the 2008 election to see that effect. However it is not usually the case after a single term and certainly unlikely given the current polling levels National enjoys at the moment. Someone who, (as is obvious from her comments), don’t usually vote for right leaning political parties deciding to support left leaning ones as they normally do aren’t going to make much of a difference at this stage.

    I know a few people who voted for John Keys because they wanted a change. But they wont be voting for him this time. My dad is going to vote for National and my mum is going back to Labour.

    • Gosman
      28 September 2011 at 12:34 pm

      Excellent for you. How come this doesn’t get refelected in the opinion polls then if it is a significant trend?

  7. Red
    28 September 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I think what they are doing to teachers in christchurch is terrible. It’s not going to help christchurch tio rebuild and will just drag the city down even further.

  8. fmacskasy
    28 September 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Gosman :

    Excellent for you. How come this doesn’t get refelected in the opinion polls then if it is a significant trend?

    Who said it was a “significant trend”? ‘Red’ has simply stated that she and others in her family will not be voting National again this year. Last I heard, it doesn’t have to become a “significant trend” in order to determine who you’ll vote for.

    Is that ok with you?

  9. fmacskasy
    28 September 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Gosman :

    Excellent for you. How come this doesn’t get refelected in the opinion polls then if it is a significant trend?

    Actually, maybe it is becoming a trend…

    The latest Fairfax Media-Research International political poll shows Labour has avoided a death spiral after a run of bad polls last month and has even clawed back some support, with its vote now at 28.1 per cent, up from 25.7 per cent last month.

    National’s vote has also slipped by just under three points – but with its support at 54.3 per cent, it retains a near insurmountable lead over Labour of 26.2 points.

    John Key’s support as preferred prime minister has dropped three points to 51.3 per cent – but Mr Goff continues to languish on single-figure support.

    Source

  10. Red
    30 September 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Gosman :

    Excellent for you. How come this doesn’t get refelected in the opinion polls then if it is a significant trend?

    Pardon?

    How would I know? Maybe we haven’t been polled because we only have cellphones? Who knows. As Frank said, I didn’t claim it to be a significant trend, you brought that up.

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