Monday, May 21, 2012

Ms Parata is chasing her tail

Sometimes I feel that Ms Parata (our esteemed Minister of Education) is chasing her tail. One minute she favours paying ‘good teachers’ more through some sort of performance payment scheme, then she backs off and concentrates on appraisal systems that ‘could’ deliver enhanced pay for a number of teachers.
What next? -----Oh why not ask that teachers all have a post- graduate qualification? Great, just one problem—or perhaps two. How long is it going to take to get those teachers on board and where are they going to come from. Of course--- she has forgotten that the Government is taking away the allowance for post graduate studies.
Shoot yourself in the foot each time you announce policy, Ms Parata. It’s not your fault though. You have cabinet ministers making up policy on the hoof and a leader who cares only about ‘saving money.’ Too bad about the ramifications—after all he won’t be around when he loses the next election—he can’t handle not being a winner.’
Isn’t it nice to know that the future for our kids and our country is in the hands of such flip-flop politicians? Labour, Greens and the rest--- take note. You are not immune from such practises. History really does repeat itself if the lessons are not learnt.