Tonight on TV3 news, John Key said fees aren’t going up at ECE centres.
What planet is he on? More to the point, why is he being so badly briefed by his Minister of Education?
His claim flies in the face of reality as One News reported tonight, where they visited a centre where the fees are going up $50 per child per week because of Keys cuts to ECE.
Parents all over NZ know their fees are increasing and some are having to make tough decisions because they cant afford the increases
Maybe John Key thinks he is so bullet proof that he can tell outright fibs on TV – never mind those thousands of families who are having to stump up more money because of his cuts.
For the record, the funding cuts affect around 2300 ECE centres throughout NZ where more than 100,000 children are enrolled. Ninety percent of those centres report they are increasing fees, as well as cutting staff, field trips for the kids, reducing building maintenance and a whole range of other measures.
Its not a good look for the PM to misrepresent the reality. They are in trouble on this one.