Christchurch youth have a word on education changes

Sam Cruickshank reports on a protest in Christchurch, New Zealand by 2000 students who don’t want their current education to change and want an end to school closures or mergers.

The deputy pro-vice-chancellor at Canterbury University’s College of Education, Lindsey Conner, said the mental health impact of the quakes was already being felt, but the Government’s announcement would exacerbate problems.

“Things will shift from being a physical uncertainty [since the quakes] to more of a psychological uncertainty with the schools announcement, and parents will have to bear in mind that their anxiety is transferred to children,” she said.

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