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Papers can already publish league tables - minister

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Trevor Mallard
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Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Newspapers can already publish league tables comparing the academic performance of schools, Parliament was told today.

League tables have been one of the most contentious points around national standards, which schools began implementing this year.

Labour's education spokesman Trevor Mallard asked Education Minister Anne Tolley: "Does she accept that now, if a newspaper asked two schools for their results, they can publish a local league table?"

Mrs Tolley replied: "They can do that now."

Teachers say national standards would reflect badly, and unreasonably, on some schools.

The Government has said it would be about two years before all the information was available for league tables.

After Mr Mallard had gained an answer from Mrs Tolley about whether newspapers could publish local league tables now, he asked her to explain why Prime Minister John Key had told Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples that league tables could not be published for at least two years.

"I wasn't at the meeting between the prime minister and minister Sharples," Mrs Tolley said.

"But the Government will not be publishing league tables."

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