The Government is working towards more charter or
partnership schools beyond the five already approved, Prime
Minister John Key said ahead of the opening of the first one
Mr Key will open the Villa Education Trust's South Auckland
Middle School, a Christian school for years 7-10 this
"It's an important step but it's got to be seen in the
context of the fact we have 2550 schools approximately in New
Zealand," Mr Key told reporters this morning.
"There will be families that will make the decision that they
want to send their child there because it gives them what
they believe will be an education that they can't get in the
Mr Key said the programme would be extended and his
Government was currently "looking at the details of that".
Last week a spokeswoman for Education Minister Hekia Parata
told the Herald more than 100 organisations had viewed the
tender documents for the second round of Partnership Schools.
"The ministry intends to release the names of the parties who
have submitted an application after the closing date of March
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