Rouker – a person who whispers or murmurs; one who spreads tales or rumours; rumour monger.
Yesterday I posted on the government’s failure to deliver.
That isn’t the only problem.
Another one is what they’ve done or are doing badly.
Kiwibuild is one.
It was a less than half-baked policy with no hope of succeeding.
The fee-free policy is another wrong policy:
. . .According to the data, fees-free appears to have boosted the proportion of decile 6 to 10 students going to university, while the proportion of students from declie 1 to 5 schools attending non-university tertiary study fell.
Excluding students where the decile was unknown, decile 6 to 10 students made up 68 per cent of fees-free students, up from 62 per cent from the 2017 group. . .
55 per cent of fees-free students went to university in 2018, while 28.5 per cent went to Institutes of Technology or Polytechnics (ITPs), 16 per cent to private training establishments (PTEs), and less than half a per cent to wānanga.
• In the 2017 group, 45.5 per cent of comparable students went to university, while one third went to ITPs, 20 per cent to PTEs, and 1.7 per cent to wānanga. . .
Not only did it the policy help more from wealthier homes, a third of students getting their feeds paid failed or withdrew from their courses.
There are lots of better ways that money could have been spend including improving the quality of teaching, putting more into pre-school education to help children get school-ready and putting more into helping pupils at school and failing.
I hope National has the courage to say that if in government they won’t be continuing this policy and will redirect the money to areas where the needs are more pressing and the benefits will be greater.