The leader of the National Party, Christopher Luxon, has a plan to make reading, writing, and math better for kids in primary school. He wants 80% of students to be at the level they should be by 2030. He also wants New Zealand to be in the top 10 countries for reading, writing, and math by 2033.
The plan is called “Teaching the Basics Brilliantly”. Kids would spend an hour each day on reading, writing, and math. They would also have two tests yearly to see how well they’re doing. Parents would get reports on how their kids are doing.
The plan would also help teachers. They wouldn’t have to pay fees to be teachers anymore. There would be a big library of lesson plans for teachers to use. There would also be an exam for teachers when they finish teachers’ college to make sure they know how to teach reading, writing, math, and science.
Mr. Luxon thinks the plan could start in 2024. He said that the government has enough money to make the plan work.
Mr. Luxon said that some kids are not doing well in school. He thinks this is because the school system isn’t doing a good job. He said that this plan would help kids who are struggling. It would also help teachers who are tired of working too hard.
The National Party will talk more about education in the future.