The members of NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA have delivered a resounding rejection of the Government’s latest funding proposal, with more than 99% voting against it in meetings around the country, and calling for further action.
Teachers and support staff believe the “global funding” proposal is effectively a return to the failed bulk funding experiment of the 1990s and could result in fewer teachers and larger class sizes, to the detriment of children’s education.
Most kindergartens, primary and secondary schools were represented at the meetings.
There were three parts to the vote:
1. That this meeting rejects the Global Budget bulk funding model because it undermines the equity and quality of our education system. 99 percent vote in favour
2. That this meeting call on the government to instruct the ministry to work collaboratively with the sector to develop a funding system that recognises the real costs of delivering an equitable quality education to all learners. 99 percent vote in favour
3. That the unions continue to work together with their communities to campaign for better funding for education. 99 percent vote in favour
At a media conference at Wellington’s Clyde Quay School this morning, NZEI Te Riu Roa President Louise Green and PPTA President Angela Roberts confirmed a member mandate to take further action against global funding.
“This funding proposal has created unprecedented concern – and unity – across the education sector. Educators see no benefits but great risks to education if global funding is to go ahead,” said Ms Green.
Ms Roberts said the Government should take bulk funding off the table and instead engage with the sector over better ways to address inequity and chronic under-funding of the system.
More money for everyone. The socialist way. The useless, tired, cynical, old and perverse are to be paid exactly the same as the energised, motivated, skilled and effective teachers.
Teacher unions protect mediocrity and failure and hold back creativity and success.
The collective damage they have done to society is simply incalculable.