The SST reports:
UNDER-FIRE EDUCATION Minister Anne Tolley has labelled a campaign against national standards a “silly political game”, and slammed the Principals Association for bringing “nothing positive to the table”.
National standards, implemented in primary and intermediate schools this year, rank all children above, below or well-below benchmarks in reading, writing and maths. Now the Principals Federation is canvassing for money to fund an information campaign against the standards, with the Auckland Primary Principals Association already pledging $60,000. …
The federation is funded from annual subscriptions paid by schools out of government funding. The Auckland primary principals’ group is funded the same way and president Iain Taylor said its $60,000 would help people “learn more about the flaws in the current national standards”.
Few people actually realise that the Principals’ Federation is in fact funded by the taxpayer. Almost all schools pay the membership fee on behalf of the principal.
As a taxpayer, I’d like a refund please.
If principals see value in joining the federation, let them do so out of their salary – like most other unions.