School market day compared with child labour

From The Panel, 4:20 pm on 15 September 2016

A Wellington parent - and former economics advisor to the Reserve Bank - has accused his daughter's school of coerced child labour.

South Wellington Intermediate School is right now running a market day, where all the kids have worked in teams to create food and other products to sell at a profit to raise money to replace the school's adventure playground.

But one parent, Michael Reddell - the former head of financial markets at the Reserve Bank - has published an opinion piece on his economics blog Croaking Cassandra - in which he accuses the school of exploiting its pupils, including forcing them to beg for money from local businesses..  he calls it the compulsory conscription of children.



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