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Hekia Parata to stand down after election

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 18/10/2016
Labour says the government is using Education Minister Hekia Parata's modernisation of the education system as a Trojan horse for privatisation. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Labour says the government is using Education Minister Hekia Parata's modernisation of the education system as a Trojan horse for privatisation.

Education Minister and list MP Hekia Parata will stand down at next year's election.

She said she had advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year.

Ms Parata was elected to Parliament in 2008 and has been Education Minister since 2011.

She said this was the right decision for her and her family, and the right time to make her intentions known.

Ms Parata had a rough start to her time as Education Minister, coming in for criticism after the government's attempts to increase the school class sizes failed.

She also managed the schooling system in Christchurch after the earthquakes, which included some closures.

Since then Ms Parata has implemented a new policy paying some teachers and principals more to play lead roles in groups of schools, but the policy has had a slow start.

A major overhaul of the way schools are funded and run, including a review of special education, is underway.

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