Online charter schools not the answer

Government plans to open up the Correspondence School Te Kura to corporate entities or charter schools could have terrible consequences for the quality of education that children receive, the Green Party said today.

National’s Education (Update) Amendment Bill introduced today will change how education is delivered in Aotearoa. This includes creating Communities of Online Learning (COOL) that will threaten the existence of the Correspondence School Te Kura.

“Online charter schools that use public money for private profit don’t provide the education that students need,” Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said.

“Student success relies upon high quality teachers and engagement, but this Bill opens the way for an unstructured online learning that undermines this.

“Putting more money and resources in charter school coffers at the expense of the public education system undermines every child’s education.

“Online learning shouldn’t be pushed on students just because it may be the cheapest option for a company. Children need a Government that takes the responsibility of providing an education seriously.

“While it is positive to be having a discussion about the purpose of education, giving money to private companies is not the answer.

“It is positive that the Bill opens a discussion about the purposes of education as an important first step,” Ms Delahunty said. 

Latest Education Announcements


Greens welcome Matariki public holiday date, now we must build this significant time into our education system

The Green Party welcome the dates set out for the next 30 years for the Matariki public holiday, but more must be done to embed this significant cu...
Read More


Greens’ Māori Caucus Te Mātāwaka call for Matariki Ahunga Nui to be expanded in school curriculum

The Green Party are calling for an expansion of the current school curriculum on Matariki, so that a deeper understanding of how it relates to mana...
Read More


Now we have a chance to share our whakapapa

Green Party spokesperson for Education Teanau Tuiono welcomes the Government’s first step to implementing our own history into curriculum.
Read More


Every child deserves a high-quality, free, accessible public education that gives them the best possible start in life. We want all children to rea...
Read More


Green Party ensure 'use of force' against children is removed from upcoming law

The Green Party have secured legislative amendments in a bill expected to pass third reading this week, to ensure better rules for school teachers ...
Read More


Education Policy

Click here for our 2020 Election Priorities for Education Our education system should give everyone the best possible start on a life-long journey...
See More