A Waikanae School teacher disputes claims by Education Minister Hekia Parata, and the media, that increasing class sizes will provide funds to help schools.
And Peter Corlett says the way news headlines can distort reality particularly worries him.
Mr Corlett says: “Take for instance the following from the NZ Herald that boldly states –‘Class size changes: Funds to help schools.’ How can this be seen as factual?
Class size plan hits students
He says the truth is that the headline should read: “Class size changes: Most students to be disadvantaged with schools to lose teachers”
Whether it is $42M or $30M or $2M that the government intends to ‘save,’ he says, the truth is that schools will have fewer teachers, otherwise there will be no ‘saving.’
“If I was a parent with school aged children, or a grandparent with my grandchildren heading off to school I would be concerned,says Mr Corlett.
“Under the new regime, schools will have fewer classes, classes will have more students in them, and students will be worse off especially if they need any sort of individualised support.
Waikanae School ‘fortunate’ in the past
“We (Waikanae School) have been fortunate that with a school roll of around 450 primary students this has allowed us to have several classes at each year level.
“This has then allowed us to distribute troubled students and students that do not get on well together, into different classes.
“With fewer classes, these options will no longer be there. Thus, with these students together, their disruptive behaviour will cause further interference to students who do want to learn and achieve.”
Mr Corlett concludes by calling for newspaper headlines that ‘do tell the truth about the effects of the stated policy of cutting funding to our schools.’
He says: “The funding cuts are the kind of help that schools and children can do without.”