The drive to ‘fix’ our education system continues, with Treasury insisting on larger class sizes and ‘accountability’ for teachers. So once again, here’s this chart from an London School of Economics global comparison of educational outcomes.
Our teachers give us the best value for money of any country in the entire world! I’d really love to see how Treasury’s forecasts stack up when compared to the accuracy of Finance Ministries in comparable countries – but for some reason, fixing one of the best education systems in the world is a hot-button political issue, while decades of under-performance at one the most crucial departments in the public service isn’t.
I can’t shake the suspicion that the thing that needs to be ‘fixed’ about our education system is that it’s heavily unionised, and that the obsession with teacher accountability involves shifting their contracts and funding to individual schools rather than the Ministry of Education, thus handicapping the unions’ ability to negotiate.