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Newly MHKs invited to discuss education priorities

Fri, 24 Sep 2021

Newly elected House of Keys members have been invited to meet with the school leaders’ union NAHT.

NAHT’s parliamentary briefing will keep up the momentum of the general election campaign, in which the union received widespread support from MHK candidates to put education at the centre of every they would do if elected to the Tynwald parliament.

Candidates across the political spectrum signed the union’s online pledge to put education at the heart of their campaigns. The pledge is part of a wider NAHT manifesto of priorities for education across the island, which featured in hustings organised by NAHT and attended by many of the election candidates.

Max Kelly, NAHT Isle of Man branch secretary said: “Our successful education-focussed hustings demonstrated the appetite amongst parents, students, teachers and school leaders for change, particularly with regard to funding and investment. We hope that all MHKs now deliver on the passion and commitment to education that was demonstrated in those gatherings.

“The parliamentary briefing is an invitation to every MHK to take the education agenda forward. We will set a date for it as soon as the Tynwald ceremonial inductions and governmental appointments have been made. Those who haven’t yet got round to signing our online pledge can do so as a public commitment to the keeping education at the heart of what they will now do in parliament. We look forward to working with all MHKs for a positive future for education on the Isle of Man.”

Paul Whiteman, NAHT general secretary said: “We welcome the new MHKs to their seats. Education has been refocused for the better under minister Dr Alex Allinson, and we look forward to working with whomever is appointed to be minister for education in the new administration, as well as every MHK.

“We are pleased that so many candidates signed our pledge to place our priorities for education at the heart of everything they’d do if elected to the House of Keys. NAHT’s manifesto identified our key priorities for education as meeting the needs of all children; wellbeing; funding and recruitment and retention of education staff.  Education is the foundation for the Isle of Man’s prosperity. The voice of our school leaders, their staff and pupils deserves to be at the forefront of policymaking and investment decisions.”


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