19 Jun 2012

Parata denies bullying teacher over class size letter

9:08 pm on 19 June 2012

The Post Primary Teachers Association says the Education Minister has bullied one of its members.

The union says the teacher wrote to Hekia Parata criticising the Government's planned changes to school staffing ratios, but the minister sent her reply to the teacher's employer - the school board.

Mrs Parata says that is her normal practice if someone writes to her on behalf of a school.

But the PPTA says the teacher did not write on behalf of the school and the minister's behaviour is unacceptable.