Something I hadn't noticed: National has an experimental second-rate teacher scheme. And naturally, it uses the poor as its guinea-pigs:
Fifteen graduates have been selected as part of New Zealand's first fast-tracked teacher-training programme, but a Finnish educationist says top-performing countries have rejected the idea.
Graduates will receive six weeks' teacher training and will then be placed in front of secondary classrooms as part of the controversial initiative to fill jobs in lower socio-economic schools next year.
Untrained teachers are second-rate teachers. John Key and other National MPs would never accept such a person teaching their precious offspring. So why do they expect other kiwis to?