The government’s announcement on the framework for Partnership Schools has found favour with Business NZ which says choice and flexibility are good for learners.
The inclusion of another option for quality schooling is welcome, says BusinessNZ.
Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says all learners deserve a bright future and this requires choices and flexibility for learners and their families.
“One of the strengths of the New Zealand schooling system is the variety of different types of schools.
“Tai Wānanga, state, private and integrated schools, tertiary-high schools, service academies, and trade academies all bring different strengths and values to their learners and communities,” Mr O’Reilly said.
“Partnership schools will be a welcome addition to this suite of education options.
“The partnership school model will provide options for flexibility and innovation that some other learning options currently available are not able to provide.
“The focus has to be on meeting the needs of the learners and ensuring that their potential is realised“Business is particularly interested in improving outcomes for all students by ensuring that they are well equipped for success in work and further learning. Our hope is that increased choice and flexibility for learners will result in improved achievement for many more of our young people.”
New Zealand’s education system does very well for most pupils but it’s failing with the long tail of under-achievers who leave school with no qualifications and without the skills needed to get and hold down a job.
An alternative system provides an opportunity to help those the current system can’t.