Running the board set up to process charter school applications costs the same as operating a primary school for a year, figures reveal.
The Green Party says spending on the Partnership Schools Kura Hauora Authorisation Board is "an enormous waste of money".
But Education Minister Hekia Parata hit back, saying it was "a misguided comparison".
Opposition parties and teaching unions oppose the publicly funded but privately run schools.
Figures show that since the board was appointed in February 2013 to assess applications and monitor the performance of approved schools, fees, travel and related expenses have totalled $250,370. Details were provided in response to a parliamentary written question from the Greens.
The Ministry of Education says full primary schools received $255,903,000 in operational funding in 2011. That's an average of $233,063 a year for each of the 1098 schools.
Greens spokeswoman Catherine Delahunty said she would rather the money went directly to schools.
- The Dominion Post
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