I’ve been trying to think of something to day on the recent news that the PaCT tool is no longer going to be mandatory in 2015. This news popped up late last evening on the NZ Herald website.
I’ll let our beloved and respected Minister of Education Hekia Parata do the talking.
“It had been my expectation that the tool would be widely available in 2015 and when I realised principals were concerned that this meant it would be an imposition and it would get in the way of them working with the tool, then I wanted to remove that concern.”
This comment comes after the recent announcement from several groups, including the Principals’ Federation, they would boycott PaCT after being told in May that it would be mandatory.
Parata is indicating in her weasel words above that “widely available” is what they were aiming for. Again this is semantic bullshit from the minister. You don’t get several well-respected organisations – including principals – saying they are going to boycott a new tool if they don’t think they are going to have to use it. Plus, as the flyer I have linked to tells us:
We now have confirmation in writing that use of the PaCT will be mandatory from 2015.
Just so we are clear Ms. Parata…
I hope that clears up any confusion on your meaning of mandatory.
NZPF Flyer 17 June – New Zealand Principals’ Federation.
Education Ministry backs down on computer tool: Federation – NZ Herald, 18 July, 2013