The Daily Bork

February 02, 2005

More lunacy in the NZ education system

National is the largest opposition party at the moment.

National MP unhappy over response to 'biased' exam question

The Government's dismissal of claims of political bias in the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is irresponsible and insulting, National MP Simon Power said today.

Mr Power, National's associate education spokesman, last week wrote to parliament's education committee chairman, New Zealand First MP Brain Donnelly, calling for NZQA heads to be questioned over the wording of a National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) paper.

The level 1 history question on Maori land issues asked students to write from the perspective of prominent people in 1980 including "a National Party member of Parliament not sympathetic to Maori concerns".

Curiously it was National that began the largest settlement process in the whole land issue during the 1990s.

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