Christchurch teachers will decide today what sort of
industrial action they will take over the proposed school
Large numbers of teachers are expected at the meeting
organised by the New Zealand Educational Institute, which
represents teachers. On the agenda is how they will respond
to the Government's proposed merger and closure of schools.
NZEI Te Riu Roa National president Ian Leckie said actions
would be about protecting children and their communities from
unnecessary disruption and radical reform.
"We need to send a message to the Government that it is not
acceptable to use Christchurch children as guinea pigs for an
education agenda that the Government would clearly like to
roll out across the entire country. This includes mega-sized
schools, double-bunking and charter schools," said Mr Leckie.
The Education Ministry's poor quality of information, lack of
consultation and unrealistic timeframes imposed on schools
would be discussed, he said.
"The Government needs to put children and their families back
at the centre of planning. It needs to stop its bad process
and listen to Christchurch communities," he said.
The meeting will be at 4pm at the Christchurch Riding for the
Disabled Indoor Arena, AMP Showgrounds, 61 Wigram Rd.
- The Star