12 Sep 2015

School closure 'disappoints parents'

1:00 pm on 12 September 2015

Labour MP Su'a William Sio says parents are disappointed a private Christian school in Auckland did not resolve longstanding problems before the Ministry of Education stepped in.

Pacific Christian School at Mangere Bridge, Auckland.

Pacific Christian School at Mangere Bridge, Auckland. Photo: Radio NZ

Pacific Christian School in Mangere will shut in two weeks because the principal and some teachers are not fully registered, and allegations pupils have been physically abused.

The school first came under scrutiny last year when an 11-year-old stabbed another child with a pair of scissors.

Mr Sio said he spoke with several parents yesterday.

"Parents I think, in the main, are disappointed that the school has allowed itself to reach his stage where in the Ministry if forced to suspend it."

Mr William Sio said he was hoping to meet with the school's principal later today.

The Green Party warned that more private schools could open with unregistered teachers, leading to problems like those at a Pacific Christian school in Auckland.

Green MP Catherine Delahunty said she wanted private schools, including those under the charter model, to be more accountable for their education and the public money they receive.

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