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Opposition parties and a teacher union suspect there is a hidden agenda behind the school closures and mergers in Christchurch. Ministers announced on Thursday 13 schools would close and 18 others would be involved in mergers as part of a $1 billion rebuild and realignment of education in the city. They say rolls have fallen and populations have shifted since the earthquakes, but critics believe cost-cutting is one of the reasons for the shake-up.

Photo by Getty Images Sep 10, 2012

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