Tue 19 Feb 2013

Christchurch teachers hold strike over worsening conditions in sector

Christchurch teachers protest against plans to change the sector

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Christchurch teachers are expected to hold strike in opposition to school closures, mergers and amendments to the Education Act.

The strike comes a day after Education Minister Hekia Parata announced which schools would close and merge under the major network overhaul that proposes to close 11 schools and put 26 through some form of merger.

Educators are also concerned about amendments to the Education Act that will legalise charter schools and double-bunking but will outlaw searching pupils for drugs and weapons.

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