The ministry’s reputation has been in tatters in recent years after a series of botch ups including problems with Novopay, the implementation of national standards, closure of Christchurch schools and the introduction of charter schools.
That is not a list of botch ups.
Two of them are botch ups – the closure of Christchurch schools and Novopay. They were deservedly black marks on the Ministry of Education.
But the implementation of national standards and introduction of charter schools are not botch ups. They are policy decisions that the unions and Labour don’t like, but there has been no botch ups in their introduction.
Just listing everything that is controversial and labelling it as a botch up, is shabby framing.