The Northern Advocate reports:
Northland teachers have been banned by their union from any interaction with charter school staff, in a move a Whangarei charter school chief executive has described as “bully tactics”.
I love how the union dictates to the teachers!
The Post-Primary Teachers Association has instructed members to deny charter school staff and management professional, sporting or cultural interactions or support.
Maybe they could issue yellow stars to the charter school staff so other teachers can cross the road if they see one of them coming?
Raewyn Tipene, the chief executive of the trust establishing Te Kura Hourua ki Whangarei Te Renga Paraoa and the director of the Leadership Academy, said she feared the PPTA’s stance would result in vulnerable Northland children being left behind.
It’s not about the kids! It’s about control.
There are 38 boys in the Leadership Academy and enrolled at schools in Whangarei.
If the boys and their whanau choose to enroll in the kura hourua, the kura has plans for some senior students to take certain classes, such as economics or trade studies at external schools such as Whangarei Boys’ High School and NorthTec.
The ban on interaction between PPTA members and charter schools means this couldn’t happen and students would miss out on opportunities.
“The principals [in Whangarei] are rattled. They are being stood over by the PPTA and they have no room to move,” Ms Tipene said.
If a school defies the PPTA, then they’ll face a boycott also no doubt.
The president of the PPTA, Angela Roberts, told the Advocate communities thinking the charter schools would raise Maori achievement were mistaken.
Listen up dumb parents, we know what is best for you. You do not get a say in this. We do not think you should have a choice of where to send your children and we will use our might to crush anyone who co-operates with these schools.
She said the kura would mean roll declines for other schools in Northland and fewer resources for the schools and, ultimately, the threat of lost jobs for PPTA members.
Now we understand the real concern. Nothing to do with helping under-achieving students.
Natasha Sadler, curriculum director for Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru, took the opportunity to dispel some myths at a series of community hui in Northland recently.
“A common myth is that the kura will have unregistered teachers – we have hired four registered teachers and hope to hire more,” she said.
She also said the kura would be teaching from New Zealand curriculum.
Both kura hourua directors said registered teachers and staff had been vetted by the police.
Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru will have 71 students next year and Te Kura Hourua ki Whangarei Te Renga Paraoa will have 50 students.
Boycotts are reminiscent of the apartheid era. However in this case the boycott is against Maori schools and students. So what does that make the PPTA comparable to? Maybe the Broederbond?