1 Oct 2015

Education Minister compares charter school opposition to apartheid

3:18 pm on 1 October 2015

Education Minister Hekia Parata has referred to anti-apartheid protests while criticising secondary teachers for discriminating against staff from charter schools.

National MP, Hekia Parata.

Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

She told the Post Primary Teachers' Association's conference in Wellington today that Northland teachers had treated a local charter school teacher unfairly.

She said the publicly funded private schools were part of efforts to address under-achievement.

"I rely on your professionalism and capability to help with the kaupapa, not boycott it. This is New Zealand - many of us took to the streets in 1981 to oppose discrimination in another country."

Ms Parata said her only disappointment with the union was its opposition to the schools.

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