PPTA points the finger – 3 pointing back at them

State school costs hit hard at this time of the year. Every kid having a laptop at school is highly debatable in terms of its educational worth but Principals clearly think they need to keep up with the school down the road.

Fairfax and the Herald both carry articles this morning on school costs.

In the Fairfax article Angela Roberts of the PPTA throws the blame on the taxpayer (via the government):

Post Primary Teachers’ Association president Angela Roberts said costs for parents were rising as the Government “abdicated responsibility” for costs of learning essentials.

“There is a mismatch between what New Zealand really wants for their kids and what the Government will fund,” she said.

Charter Schools are a lot cheaper for families – no donations and many costs such as uniform,stationery and IT covered.   

State schools have already complained about this – for example Middle School West Auckland providing uniform and stationery has already upset some

Charter Schools are cheaper to set up than State schools and are funding at comparable levels. A major difference is that they are “bulk funded”. That means they are able to use their full funding pool to make all choices about how the families are supported and the children are educated.

The PPTA has fought hard against this and are proud to have prevented State school Principals being able to have a higher level of autonomy. It is extremely rich for the PPTA President to then point the finger at the taxpayer/government for the higher costs.

Time for parents to drive change in education in NZ – go to the Charter Schools looking for places, challenge the costs the State schools are imposing and the educational value of them, lobby for more Charters and bulk funding for State schools, demand honesty from the unions.

That last suggestion is asking a bit too much, since unions are inherently dishonest, especially teacher unions.


– Fairfax

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