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.