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.
“We put a lot of funding into professional learning and development and support,” she said. Read more »