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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Changes to education in greater Christchurch

The Education and Tertiary Education Ministers have today released a draft programme to guide the renewal of the education network in greater Christchurch following the Canterbury earthquakes.

As has become increasingly common in recent years a critical piece of social policy is to be changed with just a couple of weeks available for public comment.

The intention of the programme is set out on the Ministry of Education's website here and is to provide:
A strong education system, from early childhood to tertiary, will be critical to the redevelopment of greater Christchurch and its economy in the wake of the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.
This is why the Ministry of Education and Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) have worked with the community to develop a draft Education Renewal Recovery Programme that will meet the educational needs of children and young people and support social, cultural and economic recovery.
The draft programme has been developed based on your feedback to the Shaping Education engagement process and the knowledge and expertise of educational leaders, teachers, city and business leaders and Ngai Tahu.
We invite you to read the document and provide your comments so you can be a part of confirming the Directions for Education Renewal in greater Christchurch.
The Ministry's website gives access to the draft programme and there is a page where you can "have your say" (here).

The joint ministerial statement is here.

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