19 Aug 2011

Deadline passes for some national standard rebel schools

12:15 pm on 19 August 2011

A 10-day deadline has expired for some of the schools opposed to the national standards in reading, writing and maths to provide targets for their students based on the standards.

More than 400 schools have omitted national standards-based targets from their charter documents.

The Ministry of Education has given some of them 10 days to provide the targets.

Principals last week told Radio New Zealand News they would ignore the deadline because it is not enforceable.

The deadline passed on Thursday for Balmoral School in Auckland. Board chair Simon Mitchell says he told the ministry on Friday that the school would not consider its demand till next week, and the ministry did not threaten any action against the school.

Mr Mitchell is the chair of the Labour Party's Epsom committee, but says the school's opposition to the standards is not political.