Today the new education standards were announced - to the dismay of the the education Gestapo.
Two things were notable.
The timing. The first results will be published in two years time. Adolf wonders if that will just happen to be a few months before a general election. Just to remind parents that Labour would rather they didn't know how little Johnny's school was doing.
The throw away phrase. "...the standards would be introduced in all English-based primary and intermediate schools..."
Is there some other type of school? Oh yes, silly me. Kura Kaupapa. So why on earth are they not required to adhere to some decent standards?
The best part of all is that the responsibility for publishing the results lies with trustees, not principals. The trustees will be personally liable under the provisions of the Trustees Act if they fail to publish so they will have no hesitation in firing teachers who attempt to sabotage the process.
You can guarantee some will try.
Update: And they've started, by carefully dressing up the campaign as a 'forum.'