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 Read more »
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Teacher Unions’ Odd Position
Teachers will strike this week, forcing parents all over the country to make alternative arrangements. Their concern? That principals and boards of trustees will be given more flexibility in how they use their funding. They believe this will lead to fewer teachers being employed, but why would that be?
How it Plays out in Partnership Schools
ACT’s Partnership Schools have total flexibility in their funding. They have generally used this flexibility to economise on material things and employ more teachers. It is not clear why the teacher unions believe state schools would use flexibility to employ fewer teachers, unless… Read more »
The NZEI is agitating again, using children to push their agenda.
The teacher’s union are whinging again. Has there ever been a government policy they’ve agreed with?
This time they are scaremongering over bulkfunding…like it is a bad thing.
A government proposal is threatening to revive one of the most bitter disputes the school sector has seen in the past 25 years.
It has suggested giving schools a bulk allocation of funding and leaving it up to principals to decide how much of it to set aside for staffing.
Principals’ and teachers’ groups say that sounds like “bulk funding”, which was ditched in 2000, and they are angry the government has sprung it on them as part of its review of the school and early childhood education funding systems.
Under the proposal, according to an information sheet published by the Ministry of Education, schools could decide how much of their funding to use for what were called staffing credits, and how much to use as a cash component paid in instalments to cover operational costs.
The suggestion differed from past bulk-funding proposals because the ministry would continue to pay teachers’ salaries, it said – the schools would receive notional “credits” for their teachers, not the actual funding for their pay.
- Principals would determine the split between ‘cash’ and ‘credit’, with the flexibility to make adjustments during the year.
- Unspent credit would be paid out at the end of the year and a process for recovering credit overspends would be established.
- Teaching staff salaries would be charged against the credit portion at an average rate. This was a significant difference from historical bulk-funding proposals, which would have seen schools charged the actual salary.
- Non-teaching staff salaries would be charged against the credit portion at actual cost.
However, any unused allocation of staffing credits would be paid to schools at the end of the year.
Fairfax obviously have no trouble putting untrained and unsupervised “journalists” in charge of publishing near verbatim press releases from the teachers’ union without even pretending they have taken a cursory look at it for pressing “publish”.
Changes to education rules will mean unqualified teachers working unsupervised in primary schools, a union says.
According to NZEI, the primary teachers’ union, a “last-minute” change to the Education Legislation Bill would allow schools to cheaply hire an “unqualified person in an unsupervised teaching role” while they did an initial teacher training programme.
“As a principal, I know that taking trainees straight off the street and putting them in front of a classroom is absolutely inappropriate,” union president Louise Green said.
“Teachers need high-quality, professional training and education to learn the skills of teaching. They need an understanding of child development and the curriculum.”
New Zealand already had an oversupply of certificated and registered primary teachers and just 15 per cent of graduating teachers were getting permanent fulltime jobs, she said.
“The amendments appear to be wholly inconsistent with the Government’s goal of lifting the status of teaching and moving towards teaching as a post-graduate profession. Read more »
With kiddy fiddling teachers being all the rage in the media these days, and the absolute failure of schools and the Ministry of Education to address the issue of pedophiles in education, we decided to have a look at the Collective Agreement for Primary School Teachers, as negotiated between NZEI and the Ministry of Education.
Here are some general notes:
1. ‘Serious Misconduct’ is mentioned only in two chapters and less than five lines (the agreement is 97 pages). It is also never defined. The only serious treatment of it is in clause 10.6:
Nothing in clauses 10.2, 10.3, 10.4 or 10.5 prevents instant dismissal without notice in the case of serious misconduct.
It is standard in almost every private sector contract to include a definition so as to avoid dispute. If this then is standard, who decided it should be left out? Who has what to hide and who benefits?
2. The Collective Agreement blurs the lines on reporting to the Teachers Council (now the Education Council).
Many complaints will be able to be resolved by discussion between the principal and the employee concerned without the need to take the matter any further. This does not negate any statutory obligation to inform the New Zealand Teachers Council if applicable.
Chickens are coming home to roost now that convicted sex offender Robert Burrett is behind bars for 19 years.
The Ministry of Education says it’s now aware there were deals done around a convicted sex offender’s prior offences when he left a North Island school he worked at.
Robert Burrett was today sentenced to 19 and a half years for child sexual offences while working as a caretaker at two schools. The charges include; rape, sodomy, forced oral sex, and indecent assault on girls, some with special needs.
It’s now been revealed he may have taken a secret payout to leave Pukenui School after concerns about his behaviour.
But Ministry spokeswoman Katrina Casey told Larry Williams there was never any complaint of a sexual nature, until the one that sparked this investigation and ultimately got Burrett convicted.
“There were concerns or issues, or if you like, deals done around his competence – and drinking has been mentioned – [but] there was never, ever anything about sexual abuse,” Ms Casey said.
She said the reporting regimes have since changed and won’t allow something like this to happen again.
Ms Casey said the rules no longer allow a deal to be done, and a teacher or principal to leave under a cloud and not have that reported to the Education Council.
Education Minister Hekia Parata says there are more checks in place now than when Robert Burrett was able to move from school to school, and the rules for teachers could now be extended to other staff in schools, including caretakers and bus drivers.
Fifteen years ago, Stephen Parry was Board Chair at Te Kuiti’s Pukenui School.
They tried firing Robert Burrett as Deputy Principal after claims of incompetence and drinking on the job.
But the NZEI union defended Burrett, who finally left the school following mediation and a confidential payout.
“The Union perhaps needs to ask itself why — if they knew what they did back in 2001 in terms of his inability or inappropriateness to teach — he was allowed to continue on in that role,” says Mr Parry.
While there was no evidence of inappropriate contact with children, he says the union was left in no doubt that Burrett was not fit to continue teaching.
The union is complicit in the harming of every victim by that piece of trash. Read more »
Around 20 school staff members went to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) this morning over what they say is a payroll issue with Novopay.
The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) says Novopay is reducing the pay of around 6000 school support staff including office administrators and teacher aides.
NZEI says it’s based on payroll technicalities that result in there being 27 fortnightly pay dates, rather than 26.
Christchurch-based school office administrator Kay Addei says they are already the lowest paid people in the sector.
“It’s upset me to say the least. We aren’t highly paid individuals,” she says.
Mother Danielle Davies was at the ERA this morning to show her support for the school staff.
Her daughter Abbicus has Down Syndrome and requires a teachers aide.