Teacher unions happy to see the back of tone-deaf Parata

The teacher unions have never been happy with a single Education Minister, ever. It is no surprise they are happy to see the back of Hekia Parata.

During her time Ms Parata clashed with education groups including teacher unions. She told reporters she hoped she would be leaving with a mutually respectful relationship with the unions.

“I have tried to involve the unions early in decision-making processes, I’ve set up forums where they are involved. They’re on every key working group since I’ve been in this role,” she said.

That was her one mistake. You can’t deal honourably or constructively or even respectfully with teacher unions, ever.

And to show that is true the teacher unions have been dancing on her political grave.

The president of early childhood and primary school teacher union Educational Institute, Louise Green, said that inclusiveness was triggered by the government’s failed 2012 attempt to increase class sizes.

“Were they opportunities where we were really listened to? There were times when we felt that our voice was heard and there are other times that we felt that we weren’t.”

PPTA president Angela Roberts said when the minister did listen, things went well, but that did not always happen.

“When she has allowed herself and her ministry to engage sincerely with us, the profession, we’ve been able to see some interesting and good policies come through, such as the resourcing of collaboration between schools. And when she doesn’t, we get disastrous ideas.”

Ms Roberts said the government’s policies under Ms Parata had been a mixed bag.

“The collaboration between schools is at a very very early stage yet, it is the first time anyone has tried to push back against the collaborative model, but it is all going to be undermined by things like the COOLs (online schools) and bulk funding.”

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E-mail from an angry unionist

I thought I would share with you an e-mail from a teacher and unionist that Cam received yesterday. It is nice to know that the other side of the story is being read even if it may not be agreed with. I have described the writer as angry as he used CAPITAL LETTERS which in the online world denotes shouting. Before publishing,  I did a quick google search to find out if this was an ordinary teacher and member of the PPTA who felt so strongly about the issues he raised.

I found an article from 2002. Back then Chris Bangs was a PPTA Branch Chairman.

Mr Mallard said the national executive of the Post Primary Teachers Association supported the Auckland action, and he was disappointed “that action of this nature was planned without even giving PPTA members the opportunity to consider the latest Government offer”. About 2000 teachers belonging to the association refused to teach third-formers yesterday. They will do the same with each year level throughout the week.

Waitakere College branch PPTA chairman Chris Bangs said the problems and stresses faced by city area teachers, including poverty and other extreme social problems, had made Auckland members want to jump the gun on national strike action, scheduled for April 29.

-The Herald

I also found a more recent article from 2010 where once again Chris Bangs was quoted in an article about PPTA strike action.

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Teacher Unions attempt to win hearts and minds with a Bus tour

Bus tours can be great and my favourite dangerous faggot Milo, knows how to do one in style.

I suspect however that the teachers’ bus tour will be more hippy commune style than gangster chic.

. hippy bus 93 .

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PPTA president blames stress for inappropriate conduct towards students

The march of registered teachers through the courts and disciplinary processes continues unabated. The teacher unions and Labour party oppose charter schools because there isn’t a requirement for registered teachers. They say teacher registration will protect the kids.

In the past three years, 75 teachers have been investigated and 54 struck off for inappropriate conduct towards their students.

The PPTA head thinks that is just because of a wee bit of stress.

Act leader David Seymour has slammed comments made by an education union president – saying teacher stress has nothing to do with serious offending against children.

But Angela Roberts, president of the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA), says Seymour has misconstrued her comments – and probably done so deliberately.

Seymour today called on teachers to demand the resignation of Roberts, over comments made to Newshub on Friday.

“Inappropriate conduct can severely damage a child for life,” he said.

“Over the past three years 75 teachers have been investigated and 54 struck off, but the PPTA show no remorse, simply citing ‘stress’ and ‘bad decisions.'”

Roberts was quoted by Newshub for a story on the number of teachers censured and deregistered in the past three years, including for sexual misconduct, assault and sex abuse.

The report quoted Roberts as saying it was important for the Education Council to monitor the statistics for any trends.

“They may find that there is an increased trend of teachers who are suffering from significant stress, and some really poor decisions get made,” she told Newshub.

“And if that’s something they see a trend is coming through on, then actually how do they respond to that?”

Roberts also said that it was important for the Education Council to have good processes in place to protect teachers and students.

“It can get really complicated very quickly – do the police need to be involved, is it just an employment issue or is it a registration issue? So there are three bits to it,” she said.

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Teacher unions rear up against Government’s latest bulk funding plan

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 »


ACT: Turf out bad teachers by offering early retirement or retraining

bad teacher

Free Press writes

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 »


Online learning will supplement and complement what traditional schools offer

The fear mongering in the press releases from the Green party and the PPTA have been put to rest by Hekia Parata. A recent speech in Parliament made it very clear that online learning will not be replacing traditional schooling. Instead, as I had predicted in my post this week it will complement traditional education. While she did say ” in whole or in part ” that is likely a reference to it replacing the current correspondence school model.

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The PPTA and the Green Party are united in their criticism of online schools

What a coincidence, yesterday the Green party put out a press release on Voxy about online schools and only seven minutes later the PPTA did one as well.

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Clearly, neither the Green party nor the PPTA supports online schools. Here is a brief summary of the points each group made in their press release.

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Here we go again, Teacher’s union scaremongering over bulk funding

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.

It said:

  • 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.

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If there was no bullying from the PPTA then why did Kamo High pull support?

The board of Kamo High School seem to be changing their story regarding the pulling of support from a local charter school.

They now say there wasn’t any bullying from the PPTA, despite originally claiming that was the case.

Kamo High School’s board chairman says there was no intimidation from the national teachers’ union after the school agreed to let a charter school use its facilities.

The Whangarei school had agreed to give charter school Te Kura Hourua o Whangarei Terenga Paraoa access to its chemistry laboratory but letters released by Act Party leader David Seymour show the Post-Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) urged the school to withdraw their support.

Mr Seymour, whose party led the introduction of charter schools in New Zealand, said the PPTA had bullied the Kamo High School out of a “win-win” arrangement. However, the school’s board chairman said the school hadn’t been bullied but he could see both sides of the issue and supported the PPTA.

“I don’t think they are bullies, no one felt intimidated or forced to do anything,” he said.

“On an operational level we have state assets and it’s our view they be available to forward the education of the community.”

Not bullied?

I guess that just proves that Kamo High School are as spineless as a jellyfish.

PPTA president Angela Roberts said she was concerned about the charter school using Kamo High School’s facilities when charter schools receive funding equivalent to $28,000 per student, compared with $15,000 per student for a similar-sized state school.

“We don’t want these schools, which are being propped up by considerable additional funding, using resources at these state schools,” she said.

In a letter sent on May 10, PPTA’s Ms Roberts warned principal Joanne Hutt that sharing facilities could go against health and safety laws and would upset teachers who had voted not to support charter schools.

Two weeks later, the school told Ms Roberts that it had decided not to share its chemistry lab with Te Kura Hourua, saying the issue had become a distraction.

Raewyn Tipene of the He Puna Marama Trust told One News the charter school needed to work in a chemistry area and believed there wouldn’t be a problem to ask the nearby high school.

If that isn’t bullying then it is a clear case of gutlessness from the board of Kamo High School.


– NZ Herald