Jane Clifton: Hekia Parata and the Budget burble

By Jane Clifton In Politics

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9th June, 2012
One of the great things about going to school is learning to count. Some people learn to count so well they end up working for the Treasury, or the Ministry of Education, or the Minister of Finance’s office and get to count really important things. Sadly, however, some or all of the above ran out of fingers and toes in the run-up to the Budget, and got the new teacher-pupil ratio policy wrong. Or, just as worryingly, they got it right, and it really was the intention that some schools would lose up to seven teachers, but belatedly realising the severity of such a cut, they are retrospectively ...

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