Government undermining kindergarten associations
By Victoria Carter, vice president of the AKA
Published in the NZ Herald, 6 May 1997, p.A3
It is argued in the article by Victoria Carter that the Government should treat Auckland differently from other kindergarten associations around the country
- It is the largest association in the country and employs the most teachers.
- The proportion of immigrant children with teachers having to deal with more children for whom English is a second language.
- It has high competition for staff from private childcare providers
- It should be allowed to set it own rates of pay for teachers
- It sees NZEI, the teachers’ union, as too powerful in determining teacher pay and wants this power reduced
The following is the AKA’s view of what a kindergarten should be and the responsibilities of government for it
- Kindergarten is a business
- Children and families are customers
- Kindergarten not only teachers children, it socialises parents, giving parenting advice
- Early education is “a child’s right and should not be limited by ability to pay” – and Government therefore should build new sites so that the 6000 children in Auckland on waiting lists get the chance they deserve”. “If the Government is heading towards a system in which all children pay fees to get a preschool education, the biggest losers will be the children. Children have no voice; they rely on concerned adults.”
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