Once again education changes are being planned by the Government with Education Minister Hekia Parata indicating that teaching standards will be improved through the introduction of performance-based employment contracts and better qualified teachers.
For a second term List MP the minister is certainly sticking her neck out in taking on the teacher unions. Previous ministers, ever since the late David Lange's Government, have endeavoured to change the education structure in both the primary and post primary education sectors, not all the education ministers have been successful with considerable teacher union resistance to change being experienced together with adverse publicity.
If the minister succeeds during the current Parliamentary term in bringing major changes to the education employment structure, including increased class sizes and more teachers with degrees, the minister could be in for promotion if the National-led Government retains the Treasury benches after the 2014 General Election, who knows we may even see the minister eventually leading the National Party.
- Horowhenua Mail