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The Government is sneaking in some frightening changes that put into legislation the worst aspects of Nationals education agenda, the Green Party said today.
"The most concerning change is the 'national student number', which is a veiled device to force families who receive a benefit to send their young children into early childhood education (ECE)," said Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.
"The forcing of only a select group of young children into ECE will happen regardless of the family's circumstances, the best interests of the child, or whether there are even any places available in ECE centres.
"This dog's breakfast of a Bill brings in changes to our education system that have failed in other countries.
"Charter schools are introduced and the Bill gives enormous powers to 'sponsors' who may have no educational background but will set the rules and staff pay rates," said Ms Delahunty.
The Bill makes a number of concerning changes to New Zealand's education system, including:
"The Government needs to get real that these changes are just cutting away at our education system, not building it up," said Ms Delahunty.