Hon Nikki Kaye
30 October 2017
Scrapping National Standards bad news for parents
Labour’s plan to dismantle National Standards shows their disregard for parents and the needs of students around the
country, National Party MP Nikki Kaye says.
“Parents need to know where their kids are up to and children need to know how they are getting on. National Standards
are a key part of that,” Ms Kaye says.
“Families also deserve to know what Labour will replace National Standards with – not be told they are going to overhaul
the way our students learn but will get back to you with the details later.
“Labour are showing how little thought they have put into their policy changes, with Education Minister Chris Hipkins
still unable to tell parents how his education policy will affect students and parents.”
Ms Kaye says National Standards provide the Ministry of Education with key information to allow the Government to target
interventions and improvements on schools that are not doing well, and focus efforts where they can have the biggest
impact on student achievement.
“Having National Standards ensures that happens, and Labour’s plan undermines that without having a replacement.
“This is typical Labour – the party of reviews and working groups. They demand change for change’s sake but don’t have
their own ideas about how to take New Zealand forward.
“It’s important we develop the right tools that parents and teachers can trust and have confidence in.
“Mr Hipkins has said that National Standards will be gone quickly. Parents and students deserve better than that. We
disagree with getting rid of them but for the government to say they are getting rid of National Standards quickly
without a fully developed system across all schools is irresponsible.
“Labour needs to front up with New Zealanders and explain their intentions or admit that once again they have no idea.”