At lunchtime today, Christchurch residents will rally to show this disappointment and concern over recent proposals by the government to close or merge some schools around Christchurch.
Those of us who work in education realise that in our sector the only constant is change. However, any change should involve improvements in education. Change also needs to be transparent and consultative to reduce stress for all involved. The recent proposal for change made by this government/Ministry of Education have been neither transparent nor consultative. They also appear to be purely driven by economics with no consideration for educational quality or the stress these changes are creating on Christchurch residents.
It has been suggested that these changes are being tested out on Christchurch, as a prelude to closing and merging other schools around New Zealand. After having other educational policies such as larger class sizes and charter schools rejected, this government have decided a city hammered by earthquakes over the past two years might be a push over. I think they are about to find out that we are not.
If you can’t make it to the rally, please lend your support by joining the Facebook group “Protect Education in Christchurch” and encourage others to join. This is a fight we can’t afford to lose in Christchurch or wider New Zealand. Cut price education will not get us out of our economic doldrums.