Oh look, the NZEI want more money because Midwives want more money

Tell me this isn’t a union organised full court press against the government, nicely coordinated to inflict damage.

It’s all drama for the sake of weighing the government down.

Now the NZEI wants pay equity as well…after they demanded pay equity with the PPTA first.

The country’s largest education union says it too will take legal action over gender discrimination in the workforce.

The New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) said it would seek legal redress over pay for education support workers, in the wake of a case filed by the College of Midwives at the High Court in Wellington today.

The College has said it had been “left with no choice” but to take the legal action.

Its statement of claim argues that pay levels for midwives breach gender rules under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act.   Read more »

Too funny – where are all the protests from the Education Unions?

The news article about the new scheme from Teach First NZ  to put untrained teachers inside State schools made me chuckle because one of the spurious attacks on Charter schools from the Education unions is that Charter schools are allowed to use non registered teachers. Vanguard Military school for example uses actual ex military men/women to teach Physical Training military style.When it comes to academic subjects however they must use registered teachers so it really is a smear by the unions to try to infer that Charter school students are missing out on a good education.

Untrained and un registered teachers are now being allowed to do on the job training inside Union controlled State schools yet I am not hearing any deafening howls of protest from the education unions.

I think that it is a great idea and clearly low-decile schools in particular are benefiting from having better teacher student ratios. One of the best things about Charter schools is the low student to teacher ratios. We all know that the smaller the number of students per teacher the more help and attention each student will receive. Who wouldn’t want that for their child?

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This is not about Destiny Church, it is about a relentless Union campaign

The PPTA and the NZEI are part of a relentless and ongoing campaign to attack, destabilise and destroy Charter Schools and they do not care who they hurt on the way through. Look at this image from the PPTA website. It is clear that their opposition to Charter Schools is unrelated to which organisation runs the school, whether or not teachers are registered and whether or not their students are excelling and they have waiting lists full of eager families.

-Screenshot PPTA website

PPTA website

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PPTA stuck record singing bullcrap all the way [UPDATED]

With the success that Charter Schools are having with the children that the PPTA and NZEI were failing with – it is understandable that the unions want to avoid further embarrassment.

So when the government do the sensible thing and start planning a few more Charters the PPTA/NZEI go into desperate patch protection and deception mode.

Frankly they have run out of ideas and are floored by the success of the schools – so what is left to say? Back to the old “they are over-funded” violin.

For example, from Angela Roberts of the PPTA;

“But the Post Primary Teachers Association said encouraging results were only because charter schools were better resourced and able to have smaller classes, but that cost is borne by students in public schools.”

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The Union’s Governance Rort

The left are always going on about the 1% and the cost of executives and directors.

One would assume that they would be tough on their own executives and directors, not paying them vast amounts of money for governance.

Most Unions hide their governance costs in their accounts but four do not.

Income Governance % of Income spent on Governance
Dairy Workers Union $2,783,802 $138,936 4.99%
EPMU $11,144,321 $45,567 0.41%
NZEI $18,639,229 $959,511 5.15%
TEU $4,511,353 $384,044 8.51%

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Teacher’s union dropped opposition to paying their members more

It is truly bizarre that we had a situation where a teachers union was opposing a government proposal to pay their member more.

The NZEI though, has now swallowed the dead rat, and decided to not oppose it after making some trifling changes to the proposals.

A teachers union is dropping its opposition to the Government’s $155 million a year plan to pay teachers more to improve schools after negotiating changes to the scheme.

The deal agreed with the Education Ministry opens the way for more schools to join a revised version of the programme known as Investing in Educational Success.

The Educational Institute (NZEI) said the changes include allowing early childhood services to join the scheme, which was originally just for schools.    Read more »

The only charter school to fail was, of course, run by and for Maori

The only charter school to fail was, of course, run by and for Maori.

Isn’t it time we face the uncomfortable truth that we can’t let failed and failing Maori be in charge of lifting failing Maori?

An announcement on whether one of the Government’s flagship charter schools will close will be made tomorrow.

Minister of Education Hekia Parata will address media in Auckland and end months of uncertainty for the school and its students.

The kura, recently renamed Te Pumanawa o te Wairua, was one of five charter or partnership schools to open at the start of last year.

Located on a farm 65km in Whangaruru, northwest of Whangarei, the kura caters for Years 9-13 students who typically have been on the margins of the education system.   Read more »

Which organisation published this anti-Charter school cartoon in their newsletter?



The first time I spotted this cartoon it was in Metro Magazine or the Listener I don’t remember which.

Guess who used it in their newsletter recently?

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Registered? Of course he was

The Labour party and the teacher’s unions all say that registration of teachers should be mandatory…to protect the kids.

Like in this case where a registered primary school teacher is up on charges for fiddling with kids.

A primary school teacher accused of indecently touching nine of his female students over a four-year period has denied the allegations.

The man in his 50s, who has name suppression until the end of the Auckland District Court trial, pleaded not guilty today to 16 counts of doing an indecent act on girls under the age of 12.

The name of the school at which he taught was also suppressed.

Crown prosecutor Eliza Walker said the alleged indecency began shortly after the teacher started working at the school.

She told the jury the charges covered the defendant touching a girl’s chest, lap, buttocks, waist and “private parts”.

It is also alleged he groped a girl under her culottes and kissed one complainant on the forehead.

“She was freaking out but she didn’t say anything or do anything. It was the last day of school and she just thought ‘why was this happening?”‘, Ms Walker said.

“[The girl] was shocked by what her teacher was doing to her.”

Ms Walker said the actions took place on school grounds, mostly in the classroom in front of the other students.

The prosecutor outlined the evidence likely to be given by each girl.

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Why does the media just regurgitate obvious bull$#1T?

Look: I get it, the opposition and unions have to tear down the government at every opportunity, and media should report on this.  But to do so without even running it past the sniff test is insane.

A union is blaming underfunding of the education system for why a report is critical of the standard of maths teachers in schools.

And principals say the report doesn’t add up.

The report by public policy think tank the NZ Initiative found that a lack of focus on the basics of maths was behind declining standards in numeracy and said too few primary school teachers have adequate levels of maths to teach the subject.

It recommends that the new Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand introduces a certificate of maths teaching competency with professional development and training helping teachers gain the skills required.

The primary teachers’ union says teacher training courses do not always provide adequate training in maths and there was a lack of professional development training for teachers.

“The underfunded education system means teachers are not getting the professional development support that they need for optimal maths teaching,” said NZEI Te Riu Roa president Louise Green.

But Education Minister Hekia Parata said underfunding wasn’t the issue.

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