Corporate plan for classrooms

A multinational company specialising in public-private partnerships (PPPs) could become a school landlord under National’s education plans.

Yesterday, National unveiled more detail on its education policy after The Weekend Press revealed the party was planning to pump more money into private schools and allow the private sector to build and own state schools.

The story sparked a political row yesterday, with Labour, National and New Zealand First trading blows over the use of PPPs in social services.

The use of PPPs would provide a boost for the private sector.

Among those understood to be interested is Australian bank Macquarie, which has invested in PPPs around the world.

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