Nikki Kaye calls for Transparency on charter schools? Yeah Right!
Nikki Kaye has taken the early lead in the “You must be joking” stakes with her ridiculous press release today calling
for transparency on charter schools.
Nikki Kaye and her government played an active role in holding back information during her time in office. She is in
danger of becoming the hypocrite of the year as she now calls for transparency. And, just for good measure, she is
supposedly now worried about the cost to the taxpayer of dealing with the mess that she has left behind!
A few fact checkers may be in order here:
• The charter school model does not have a proven track record as Ms Kaye claims. See our release on the poor
School Leavers stats across the model as a whole, which shows charter schools underperforming the system-wide benchmarks
used by the government:
• In particular, the charter school sector results are below those of both Decile 3 schools and those for Māori
students across the NZ school system;
• Ms Kaye delayed the release of the second Martin Jenkins evaluation report from late 2016 until June 2017.
Furthermore, the report could not discuss the true level of student achievement given the problems the Ministry of
Education had uncovered in how the schools had incorrectly reported their School Leavers results;
• Ms Kaye took until June 2017 to finally release her decisions on the performance-related funding for the 2015
school year. That’s right – it took 18 months to evaluate only 9 schools and then she fudged the decisions on 3 of those
• As for the new schools that were announced to open in 2018 and 2019, Nikki Kaye takes the cake with these. Not
one single piece of official information on any of these 6 proposed schools has yet been released. When the Third Round
schools were announced in August 2016, the supporting documentation, including the signed contracts, was released that
• The biggest concern we have is how much taxpayer money has already been paid to the Sponsors of the 6 proposed
schools and is this recoverable? In the early rounds, the Sponsors received the one-off Establishment Payments within 20
days of signing their contracts. So, Nikki, how much taxpayer money have you wasted?