I am a big supporter of our public school system. David Shearer’s promise of a world-class education at your local school is spot on. It needs to be. Anything less risks not achieving the potential that sits across our society.
I can also understand Government policies that aim to save taxpayer money. But sometimes, in the push for apparent savings the application of Government policies seem to make little sense. At times it appears bureaucracy gets in the way. The cessation of free school bus services for students living in the Blueskin Bay area already enrolled in Dunedin secondary schools is one of those times. I wrote about it in an opinion piece late last month:
Three weeks ago, I hosted a meeting at Waitati with affected school Principals, concerned parents and Government representatives to try to get a common sense solution to the problem outlined in the article linked in the thumbnail above.
At the Waitati meeting, Ministry officials promised to raise issues with their political masters including issues of natural justice and compensation for those affected. Since then, the phone has been off the hook; we’ve heard nothing back. But I am still holding out a little hope that no news is a sign of good news to come. Fingers crossed that common sense will prevail.