We suspect that Aaron Bhatnagar is not the only person uncomfortable about children being used as pawns in a high-stakes game between teachers and Minister of Education Hekia Parata:
We can understand the angst that school principals and teachers are feeling after a tumultuous day yesterday. But parading children in front of the TV cameras in melodramatic fashion is actually more likely to turn public opinion against them.
Principals and teachers are educated and articulate. They should be able to articulate their opposition to proposed closures and mergers without using their pupils as visual aids.