Time for Secondary Teachers to flee the PPTA

Angela Roberts and her cohorts in the PPTA have lost the plot.

It is time for secondary teachers to quit their union.

Firstly they waste massive funds opposing charter schools. Money that should be spent for the benefit of their members. Secondly they denigrate their own members through lying to the NZ public and treating the parents of kiwi kids like idiots. Thirdly they crap all over the lower end of the NZ education system where predominantly Maori and Pasifika are failing massively.

In terms of money spent on opposing Charter School Robert’s recently refused to tell Guyon Espiner on Radio NZ how much they had spent.

In terms of lying to their members and the NZ public they have produced another disingenuous document that tries to say State Schools get less than Charter Schools. They fudge the numbers – leaving out centralised services for State Schools, ignoring that Charters are in their start up phase, and ignoring the State Schools get approximately $30million to start while Charters get approx. $1m. They also ignore the official ministry figures.

The PPTA, of course, fail to highlight high per unit funded State schools. The data is easily accessible, you ahve to wonder why the PPTA fails to include these schools in their jihad…but then again they are union controlled schools:

Kia Aroha College: $12,000

Tikipunga High School: $12,300

Portland School: $10,200

Excellere College: $10,400

Pukepoto School: $10,400

Te Rangi Aniwaniwa: $14,600

Awanui School: $9,300   
Manurewa East School: $12,700

St Joseph’s Maori Girls’ College: $10,700

Wanganui City College: $11,000

Cullinane College: $9,600

Rutherford Junior High School: $9,200

Tawhero School: $18,000

Hato Petera College: $17,300

Hato Paora College: $16,100

Taihape Area School: $10,500

Te Wharekura o Arowhenua $13,000

Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae: $10,100

(One would assume if the PPTA had integrity they would be campaigning for the closure of those schools).

In terms of stomping all over the lower end of the scale the PPTA never kick up a stink about segregation, poor results and vast amounts of money spent in situations such as below:

School (decile) NCEA Level 1 Failure (2012) NCEA Level 1 Failure (2013) Roll (% European) Taxpayer Funding
Otahuhu College (1) 59.7% 39.5% 1228 (1) $10m
Southern Cross Campus (1) 39.6% 36.7% 1599 (0) $13.6m
Aorere College (2) 41.5% 41.2% 1503 (4) $10.5m
Papatoetoe High School (3) 48.6% 42.3% 1577 (6) $11.7m
Mangere College (1) 47.5% 61.6% 710 (0) $7.0m
Tangaroa College (1) 45.2% 38.8% 897 (2.3) $7.7m
One Tree Hill (3) 56% 30% 952 (9) $6.5m
Onehunga High School (4) 48.7% 51.4% 1206 (19) $8.9m
Tamaki College (1) 73.6% 50% 502 (2) $6.0m
James Cook High School (1) 52.8% 23.9% 1293 (4) $10.5
Papakura High School 55.8% 58.4% 752 (9) $7.1
Nationally 17.4% i.e. massive segregation $99.5million

Two things should happen:

  1. Secondary teachers should quit the PPTA in droves. They can email Angela Roberts here to do so: [email protected]
  1. Parents and families involved in schools such as above need to either find a Charter School or take to the streets and go on strikes with regards to the ones their kids are currently being provided with.

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  • Curious

    And all this the day after we read that education is the key lever to lift people out of poverty. In business, if we had a unit consistently failing to return even the most basic of returns (and in this context I would suggest 2/3rds of students passing NCEA 1 would be a basic return) we would put in place a strategy and action plan to turn them around. Perpetuating sub-standard performance and imposing this on generations of young people (thereby denying them access to the ladder for upward mobility), is a crime. To actively seek to block any initiative that can lift educational performance and keep the status quo is doubly so.

  • This is something that has confused me to, why when in a lot of industries have Unions all but disappeared from peoples lives (to no negative effect) are some industries still so heavily Unionised?

    In my research on unions i have found only 1 that does what it claims on the tin, Airline Pilots Association. And thats not even a union by name or affiliated with other Trade Unions. ALPA puts legal muscle behind the defense of pilots in legal issues, so no matter what the accusation, defence & prosecution are on equal legal status. And they do this for every member from a lowly 21 year old new qualified flight instructor earning $19/flight hour all the way up to 747 captain. They also lobby for safety in their member workplace, which of course affects all of us.

    Now the arguments i have seen for teachers being unionised is legal protection in an accusation of misconduct, but the PPTA doesn’t do that. As soon as an accusation is made, they wash their hands of the teacher involved, acting instead in their holier than thou attitude as Judge & Jury. So I’m left more confused about the PPTA membership than I was at the start of my investigations.

  • parorchestia

    Thanks for the accounts. Do they show the normal balance sheet items, such as depreciation etc? In the state schools I have served on as a Trustee I have only seen cash flow items associated with running expenses and wages.
    To get an ideal of the cost of State Education I prefer to divide Vote Education by the number of students – that’s the real cost! I make it $12,812.6 per student. But it still doesn’t account for expenses that normally would be included in a company’s balance sheet. No borrowing expenses, no depreciation, and the capital account looking suspiciously skinny. And no return charge on capital invested. Private schools have to have a complete set of accounts – why not State Schools? And why not have independent auditors rather than relying on the oral reports by the Chair and Principal as ERO do at present?
    I have found union officials to be relatively sensible. It is the elected committee members who are radical, so it isn’t just a matter of unionization – it is an endemic disease in the profession.

  • Damon Mudgway

    Interesting that the purpose of the PPTA is to actually represent their members (ie: teachers). Political bandstanding takes them away from their core role, and basically sees them as a member funded lobby group.

    I would suggest the usefulness of the current crop of executive has passed its’ use by date. We all know teachers are generally shrieking socialists, with little to no experience of the private sector and how it works. I guess that’s why their unions are represented by trough eating hypocites.

  • The Accountant

    Don’t forget about their attack of the IES principle of rewarding those who contribute most and share expertise.