The TPP and the New Zealand Education System

The article “TPPA Threatens Quality Public Education in New Zealand” explains how the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement could effect, and potentially damage, the public education system in New Zealand. Per the article, NZEI Te Riu Roa National Secretary Paul Goulter stated that “the deal puts at risk the rights of sovereign nations to enact laws and regulations that stop foreign edu-businesses from setting up in New Zealand, maximizing their profits and dominating New Zealand education”. This is proposed as a major threat as New Zealand currently has a “fee-free” public education system. The article states that other countries, one of which is Singapore, specifically included a clear exemption to this in their TPP agreement. New Zealand failed to do so, which has “put at risk the rights of future governments to protect public education against any changes that would disadvantage global edu-businesses”. The article concludes by reviewing that the TPP was made to be an “international trade agreement…it is not about providing free good quality public education for children and future generations”. Will this argument convince the New Zealand government to reconsider signing the bill until certain changes are made? What will the New Zealand government’s response be?

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