PPTA stuck record singing bullcrap all the way [UPDATED]

With the success that Charter Schools are having with the children that the PPTA and NZEI were failing with – it is understandable that the unions want to avoid further embarrassment.

So when the government do the sensible thing and start planning a few more Charters the PPTA/NZEI go into desperate patch protection and deception mode.

Frankly they have run out of ideas and are floored by the success of the schools – so what is left to say? Back to the old “they are over-funded” violin.

For example, from Angela Roberts of the PPTA;

“But the Post Primary Teachers Association said encouraging results were only because charter schools were better resourced and able to have smaller classes, but that cost is borne by students in public schools.”

Lets look at the facts (and one example slams the door shut on the union’s argument).

It is well publicised that the first 5 Charter Schools cost only $19 million over 4 years for set-up and running. The next round will get even less to start up.

What happens with a State School start up? Just one State School – in this case a new school in Hamilton called Rototuna Junior High School will cost the tax payer $40 million just to establish.?There is really no comparison at all.

Cost is not really the PPTA/NZEI problem. Control is. The welfare and education of children is the last thing on their minds.

Will all of those well educated teachers out there remain happy to be part of a union that simply tells lies and discredits the profession?

They are no doubt afraid to speak out just in case they are blacklisted by their own union.

UPDATE: A commenter suggests I am spinning figures…here is a table of real world figures so readers can see I am not spinning anything at all. The PPTA are simply lying.


Summary Points

– the current start-up cost for a single student in a State School is: $46,790.

– the current start-up cost for a single student in a PSKH is: $5,613.

i.e. Partnership Schools cost $41,177 less per student to set-up (not taking into account establishment salaries State Schools get and PSKH do not).

Start ups in both sectors move towards their full rolls over a number of years ? although some of the PSKH have got there quickly and some of the long established State Schools are still a long way off.


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