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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4 thoughts on “Christchurch youth have a word on education changes

  1. Without knowing the full background, I can sympathise with them for resisting mergers and closures. Some of them here have simply resulted in a deterioration of standards. Educational institutions gain a ‘persona’ which one should strive to retain, however much one may update what is taught and how.

    • That’s interesting you have found a similar situation in SA. And the community around the institution too, how much needs to be taken into account if the physical identity of it disappears !

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