Stop Education Bill until children are consulted - NZEI
3 February 2017
NZEI Te Riu Roa is joining calls by the Children's Commissioner to stop
the progress of the Education Amendment Bill until children have been
consulted and concerns about children's rights addressed.
Judge Andrew Becroft, Children's Commissioner, told MPs at the
Education and Science Select Committee today that children should be
consulted about major changes proposed in the Bill that might deny them
their fundamental rights. He called for the Bill to be stopped while
proper consultation on the Bill occurred, adding the Bill may be in
breach of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
"NZEI members share the Commissioner's grave concerns about aspects of
this Bill, particularly the possibility of new entrant 4 and 5 year-olds
being enrolled in online "schools"," NZEI President Lynda Stuart said.
"We also told the Committee that educators are concerned that the Bill
elevates political desire for narrow targets around the '3 Rs' ahead of
the right of children to a rich, modern education that sets them up for
"The Bill should be stopped until children and the sector are properly
consulted, and experts in education and children's rights agree that the
changes are in the best interests of children, rather than
politicians," Mrs Stuart said.