4 Feb 2014

Parata wants schools to cut red tape

7:47 am on 4 February 2014

Education Minister Hekia Parata says she wants to look at how schools can simplify their operating environments and cut through red tape so the focus can go on student achievement.

A taskforce, agreed on by the National and ACT parties, is looking at whether school regulations and compliance issues are preventing a focus on raising student achievement levels.

The taskforce includes Auckland Grammar principal Tim O'Connor and Professor Neil Quigley from Victoria University.

They will consult directly with schools and the minister expects to hear back by the end of May.

Ms Parata says raising student performance is the priority and too much red tape could be getting in the way.