October 13, 2004

Educational standards in Brashville

National Party education shadow spokesman Bill English in his press release on the growing cost of education uses the verb "to bale out" several times:
While the Ministry of Education has baled out 5% of schools, parents and communities are left to bale out the other 95%, says National’s Education spokesman, Bill English. In the past four years the Ministry has baled out 100 schools at a cost of almost $6 million.
Now according to the English dictionary "to bale out" means:
To bale out is to jump from an aircraft
So what on earth does Mr English mean? Is it a slip indicating he is ready to jump waka? Or are spelling standards and vocabulary not up to scratch in Southland schools?

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