Budget response: Teachers are mad as all hell

Chris Hipkins Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

This is what happens when you over promise and don’t even attempt to deliver: Quote:

Teachers are angry and could walk out of classrooms after the Government’s lukewarm approach to education was revealed by the Budget, a principal has warned.

The Post Primary Teachers’ Association and NZ Education Institute would soon enter negotiations with the Ministry of Education, and have signalled demands for pay increases of up to 14.5 per cent.

Central District Secondary Principals’ Association chairman Peter Brooks said with only a 1.6 per cent increase in this year’s spend on operational funding – schools’ main income – there was no signal pay increases for teachers had been provided for.    

If teachers get fobbed off with just keeping pace with inflation, teachers are just going to say ‘we’ve had enough’, and you’ll have teachers just refusing to go into a classroom. 

Teachers are pretty angry about their pay and conditions, and how much extra they are having to do.”

Operational funding had been frozen for the past nine years, but that meant more was needed now to catch up, and 1.6 per cent was a lukewarm gesture, he said.

Brooks, who is principal of Freyberg High School in Palmerston North, said he hoped strikes would not happen, but felt the warnings were clear. End quote.

The teacher unions got rid of charter schools, but they aren’t going to get their massive pay demands.

Labour are in trouble when they piss off the teachers.


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