The biggest criticism against the proposals to improve educational achievement Labour leader David Cunliffe could come up with was that they don’t address inequality.
Education is one of the best ways to life people out of poverty.
One very good example of this is our newest minister, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga:
During his maiden speech to Parliament he said his father had walked from Ponsonby to Parnell to save the bus fare, while up to 16 people lived in his family’s three-bedroom house in Mangere.
How do you rise above poverty like that?
However his education, which he described as “the key to unlocking so many of the opportunities that I have enjoyed in life” has been impressive.
After attending Auckland Grammar, Lotu-Iiga studied law and commerce at the University of Auckland, before being employed at top law firm Russell McVeagh.
He then travelled to London where he worked as a financial analyst for the Bankers Trust, while completing an MBA at the University of Cambridge.. .
All children deserve the education which provides them with the key to unlocking opportunities.
They also deserve the loving and supportive family which he credits for his success too.
Addressing deprivation in that area is harder than improving education which was the focus of yesterday’s announcement.
But it’s not a matter of either better education or policies which address either problems, it just isn’t all together in one day.
Yesterday’s focus was education, other policies will follow.