Invercargill principal lists curriculum on Trade Me

FOR AUCTION: Waverley Park School principal Kerry Hawkins with his copy of the New Zealand curriculum, which he has cheekily placed for sale on Trade Me as he believes they will be replaced by new National Standards.
ROBYN EDIE
FOR AUCTION: Waverley Park School principal Kerry Hawkins with his copy of the New Zealand curriculum, which he has cheekily placed for sale on Trade Me as he believes they will be replaced by new National Standards.

An Invercargill primary school principal took his protest against the Government's National Standards to another level this week – listing the New Zealand curriculum for sale on Trade Me.

Waverley Park School principal Kerry Hawkins' action is the latest shot in Invercargill teachers' assault on the implementation of National Standards, including a boycott of training.

Using the user-name cageyh, Mr Hawkins listed the primary schools curriculum with a blurb saying it was "well-researched, tested and proven to be effective and relevant, internationally lauded, less than three years old, still in the 'run-in' phase".

The curriculum could be viewed "getting under way in effective schools" and was "being replaced with (untested) national standards".

Reaction was swift and as of last night the auction had attracted more than 2000 page views, five bids and more than 30 questions.

A user called "notsotiny" asks: "Will i have to also end up enforcing the untested national standards with this purchase? Or will i be able to ensure the best for my kids without the hasty regulations", while another, called "devilkid", asks: "Are you selling the documents, or just the intention that went with the curriculum before the prospect of National Standards cast a bias on it?"

Mr Hawkins said the auction was started to make a point, but he had not foreseen the response.

As a principal, he had a mandate to do what was best for the students in his care and "this is nowhere near the best", he said.

Invercargill schools have continued their pledge to boycott National Standards training workshops, despite Education Minister Anne Tolley yesterday confirming there would be no registration charge for up to three school representatives to attend.

In an emailed statement to The Southland Times yesterday, Ms Tolley said "it's unacceptable that some providers were planning to charge a registration fee for these professional development courses.

"The Ministry of Education has now assured me that there will be no charge for up to three representatives from every school. The ministry has contacted the course providers to make them aware of this," the statement says.

The Southland Times