26 Feb 2013

Questions about school bailout

2:28 pm on 26 February 2013

Teacher unions are questioning why a struggling private school was bailed out by the Government when they say there is no money for education.

Wanganui Collegiate was given a funding boost of $2 million when it was integrated in January, but Cabinet papers show cabinet made the decision against the advice of Education Minister Hekia Parata, and education officials.

Post-Primary Teachers Association president Angela Roberts said the Government would never have bailed out a state school.

Labour says Ms Parata is not in control of her portfolio and big decisions are being made by other ministers. She says it's just the way the Cabinet works.