Protesters supporting charter schools gather in Auckland

Students, teachers and parents are taking to the streets of central Auckland to show their support for charter schools.

Around 150 people have shown up to the rally on Sunday, which was organised by ACT leader David Seymour.

The Government has introduced a Bill to scrap alternate education systems by the end of the year and the charter school advocates have braved the wet weather in protest.

One protester carried a sign reading; "Hey Jacinda, what happened to children at the centre of everything?", while others carried signs supporting Vanguard Military School, which faces closure if the Bill is passed.

Protesters supporting charter schools gather in Auckland
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At the protest, Mr Seymour had a clear message for Education Minister Chris Hipkins.

"Hey Hipkins, leave our schools alone. All we want is education for all," he said at the protest.

However not everyone is outraged at the Bill, with the Principals' Federation saying charter schools don't have a place in New Zealand.

President Whetu Cormick told Newshub he feels charter schools are unfair.

"Those schools don't have to follow the national curriculum, a world-class curriculum that is highly successful in our state-integrated schools," he said.

The protesters were set to march to Aoeta Square, but Mr Seymour said they would stay in Britomart instead if it was too wet.

Newshub.

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