Education often flies under the radar, touching a nerve only with those that work in the sector, or parents who have struggling children. But National and Labour are suddenly duking it out over the issue, bringing it into the election spotlight. Shane Cowlishaw talks to academic experts on the main education issues.
Children are arriving at school with limited speech and an official report shows many early learning centres fail to improve their language skills. The Government announced extra spending in the Budget in response, but that spending on a Canadian programme for low decile early learning centres is being challenged, Lynn Grieveson reports.
New Education Minister Nikki Kaye has survived her first appearance before the Education and Science Select Committee relatively unscathed, writes Shane Cowlishaw, who sat in on the hearings into Vote Education and Tertiary Education.