Election policy comparison - education: What the major political parties will do for you

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Interested in what the New Zealand political parties have in store with education policies?

Here are just a few policies the parties have on how they would structure the education system in New Zealand.
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Here are the main policies on how the parties would address education issues in New Zealand:

The ACT Party leader says some people should have their rent, food and power bills paid straight to the likes of landlords and food providers.

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ACT:

  • Offer schools $1 billion that principals can use to pay good teachers more
  • Open more Partnership Schools
  • State and integrated can voluntarily apply for Partnership School status
  • Increase government funding of Independent Schools
TOP:
The Labour leader has brushed the barb from the TOP leader off.

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  • Free full-time early childhood education
  • Delay National Standards until Year 6 and delay NCEA until a student's final year of school
  • Review tertiary sector
Maori Party:

Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell at the campaign launch.

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  • Provide secondary schools with mental health workers
  • Make Te Reo Maori and Maori history core curriculum up to Year 10
  • Reduce repayment levels on student loans
National:
Bill English said he wanted more clarity over the US and China's intentions for "a diplomatic resolution" to the North Korean threat.

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  • Revamp the National Standards programme by investing $45 million
  • Roll out a suite of technology, maths and language initiatives
  • Implement a digital learning package and invest a further $126 million into maths in primary school
Labour: 
Students turned out to see the Labour leader speak at Auckland University.

Jacinda Ardern.

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  • Invest $6 billion over four-years
  • One year fees full time free from 2018, extending to three years free by 2024; will up student allowances and available living cost loans by $50 a week
  • Create a school leavers toolkit (including driving lessons, budgeting skills and democratic rights)
New Zealand First:
"People promise everything and everything in desperation to get political power," the NZ First leader said.

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  • Scrap student loans of Kiwi students who work in New Zealand after graduation for the same number of years they studied
Green: 
With Peter Dunne dropping out, the Greens have decided to run a candidate in the crucial Wellington seat.

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  • Teach Te Reo Maori in schools
  • Decrease tertiary education fees, bring back student allowance for postgrad students
  • Give schools decile 1-4 a nurse
Green Party leader James Shaw, NZ First leader Winston Peters, TOP leader Gareth Morgan, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, National leader Bill English, ACT leader David Seymour, Maori Party leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox.

Green Party leader James Shaw, NZ First leader Winston Peters, TOP leader Gareth Morgan, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, National leader Bill English, ACT leader David Seymour, Maori Party leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox.

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For more information (in alphabetical order), go to:
www.act.org.nz/category/policy
www.greens.org.nz/policy
www.labour.org.nz/announced_policies
www.maoriparty.org/policies
www.national.org.nz/policies
www.nzfirst.org.nz/policies
www.top.org.nz/policy

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