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Green Party call for Parata's sacking

Thursday 13 Dec 2012 8:18 a.m.

By 3 News online staff

The Green Party is calling for the Education Minister to be sacked after the High Court found her decision to close a school for girls with special needs was unlawful.

The court found the decision disregarded the prospect of a greater risk of sexual or physical abuse to the students if they were sent to a co-ed school.

Hekia Parata says safety was at the forefront of her plans to expand an intensive wraparound service for special needs students but Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei disagrees.

“She might be saying that now, but the court found that she didn’t consider it sufficiently and she certainly mustn’t have or she would not have made the decision that she did,” she told Firstline this morning.

Ms Turei is adamant Ms Parata should be removed from her role as Education Minister.

“This is just one bad judgement in a series of bad judgements by this minister over the last 12 months and that is why I think she needs to go, not just this one decision, but decision after decision after decision where she’s had to backtrack because she’s made mistakes.”

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