Expanding a winning idea

Hekia Parata announced today that National were intending to introduce some of their education reforms into other sectors.

We’ve decided to allow different towns in New Zealand set their own driving licence tests.  We will still call this a national test, but they will be able to design their own test and it will be completely unmoderated in anyway.  We are also going to make the instructors accountable by publishing their pass rates.  This will allow the people of New Zealand more choice about where they take their test, and the best instructors will receive more customers.

Asked if she thought this would lead to reigons making tests easier to attract more business, Ms Parata said:

Choice, accountability, and rewarding people who deliver results is what we want to encourage.  Whether the tests are actually comparable, or how the results are achieved is out of our hands.


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