If you had $2.8 billion to spend you could:
- Pay nurses, teachers and support staff more.
- Put more money into helping children who get to school without pre-learning skills necessary to succeed.
- Put more money into helping children further through the schools system who are failing.
- Not have to cancel the $6.5 million boost for the cochlear implant programme.
- Find any number of ways to help those most in need.
Or spend it on fee-free study for tertiary students that hasn’t encouraged more students; has one nothing to encourage more maori, Pacifica or people from lower socio-economic backgrounds and put subsidizing students ahead of improving the quality of teaching.
What’s more important?
Those people who have had surgery and other hospital appointments cancelled because of the nurses’ strike will know.
Those who don’t get the help they need to succeed at school will too.
So will the people who will no longer get a cochlear implant.