Waikato University’s new dean of education says the Government’s national standards policy is “devaluing creativity” in learning.
Professor Roger Moltzen has more than 40 years’ experience in education, half of that spent teaching in schools, and was appointed dean earlier this month.
Professor Moltzen told The Waikato Times that he is concerned about any policies which would restrict access to early childhood education, which he says is “fundamental to an educated society”. “I’m a strong supporter of the education in the early years.”
His comments come as Labour releases its education policy in the run-up to the November 26 election. Hamilton-based list MP Sue Moroney, who is the party’s education spokeswoman, said the party would dump national standards in favour of a scheme to track progress against the national curriculum.