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School our politicians on education

Last updated 08:10 07/07/2014
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SCHOOL'S IN: What do you think needs to happen in our education sector?

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Education is the biggest issue in this year's election for voters right across the political spectrum.

Why is it such a big issue for you and what needs to happen in education policy to get your vote?

The sector has faced some big changes and controversy in the last three years.

Charter schools, class sizes, Novopay, Christchurch school closures and student-loan defaulters have all been hot topics of debate.

Education was the key focus of the prime minister's  state of the nation address in January, with announcements including lucrative allowances for a raft of newly created positions in schools, such as executive principals, expert teachers, lead teachers and change principals.

Labour has also made big promises in election year, with announcments the party would fund an extra 2000 teachers, which would see primary and secondary school classes shrink by an average of three students by 2018.

What do you think are the biggest issues facing our education sector?

What do you think needs to be done to improve the educational standards of young Kiwis?

Is there a particular education issue that would swing your vote if it was addressed?

Click the green button to share your views. 


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