Education

Medical students upset over Labour’s blue budget

Chris Hipkins Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

I don’t think the budget has made anyone happy. The list of those upset with Labour’s blue budget is growing. This time it is medical students: Quote:

Medical students are upset with the Government for not getting rid of a cap on the number of years a student can get a student loan.

The National government put the eight-year cap in place in 2011, and it was opposed by the Labour Party and many students associations – particularly medical ones.

It means students who undertake a five-year medical degree after finishing a four-year degree in another field cannot get student loan money to cover their fees, living costs, or course-related costs in their final year.

Labour, NZ First, and the Greens all committed to getting rid of the cap in their election manifestos, but Budget 2018 did not implement the change.

“It is disappointing to see this new Government, in their first budget, to not live up to these expectations,” NZ Medical Students Association Vice-President Ajda Arsan said.

“Not only is this a waste of much needed doctors in the workfield, this is a waste of the taxpayers dollars already invested in that training. What help is a medical student with half a degree?” End quote.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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.    

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

Will Jackson, Henare and Davis make a stand for charter schools?

MAARTEN HOLL/STUFF
Employment Minister Willie Jackson

Back in February this year Willie Jackson, Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis were all confident that the charter schools they support would be able to successfully transition to state schools. Quote.

 […] Employment Minister Willie Jackson says the designated character school model was never flexible enough for those schools which became charter schools.

[…] Education Minister Chris Hipkins is now prepared to make the necessary tweaks to legislation to allow a pathway for the eleven charter schools that under a Labour-led Government will cease to exist.

Youth minister Peeni Henare

Jackson, Labour deputy leader Kelvin Davis and Youth Minister Peeni Henare, who all have connections with charter schools in Auckland and Northland, fronted media […]

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If you agree with me that’s nice but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo. Look between the lines, do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

Chris Hipkins introduces a ‘third option’ for charter schools UPDATED

*UPDATE

I was contacted just now by Nick Hyde from Vanguard who told me that Vanguard received its closure notice like everyone else yesterday.


Yesterday closure notices were sent to every New Zealand charter school apart from Vanguard military school who has had its application to transition to a designated character school model accepted. This is great news for Vanguard who like every other partnership school was forced at metaphorical gunpoint to apply as they would be terminated otherwise.

While it is great news that Vanguard successfully ran the gauntlet the announcement was cynically used to provide cover for the distressing and stressful news that ‘termination notices’ on the same day had been sent to all the other partnership schools.

The ‘termination’ notices were a notification that the termination ‘process’ (which apparently will include negotiation) had started. They were not notices of termination. The government’s intention is to try to complete all the closures by the end of the year as legally they have to give six months notice of an ‘intention’ to close a school.

Graeme Osbourne of E Tipu e Rea, however, has picked up a chink in Education minister Chris Hipkins’ statement about the process saying that Hipkins has introduced a third option. Quote:

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If you agree with me that’s nice but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo. Look between the lines, do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

BREAKING: Closure notices sent out to charter schools today

Villa Education Trust Press Release

The Villa Education Trust is delighted that Vanguard School has been able to announce a transition to a Designated Character School model.

Mr Hipkins fast-tracked and used that announcement as cover for issuing closure notices to all other Partnership Schools today.

The decision to announce the formal closure of the other schools before we have been able to have our Designated Character School applications processed is stressful in the extreme for our students/families/staff. The Ombudsman took the Ministry apart last year for their Christchurch processes – seems they either learnt nothing or don’t care. These were processes Mr Hipkins complained about in opposition.

We are also concerned that these closures are being announced while the selected committee considering the Education Amendment Act is still in process. In his release today the Minister made the statement that:

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If you agree with me that’s nice but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo. Look between the lines, do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

Education plans

A guest post.

It is very clear that the coalition is heavily controlled by old-style unionism. That is partly because the unions paid the bills that got them elected and partly because Labour and the Greens have such a paucity of ideas of their own to implement. After nine years of preparation time they had not bothered to do any serious planning and are now relying on all manner of specially set up committees and enquiries to give them ideas on what to do.

It sounds like democracy in action – “let’s ask the people”  until you see that their minds are closed to anything that crosses the unions’ heavy socialist, long-ago-failed thinking.   Read more »

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Guest Post content does not necessarily reflect the views of the site or its editor. Guest Post content is offered for discussion and for alternative points of view.

Government being too whingy

Simon Bridges has managed to find some balls. He’s picking on the minister for the soulless: Quote:

Ahead of this week’s budget the Education Minister Chris Hipkins has been trying to damp down expectations.

Mr Hipkins said the sector is in far more strife than he’d been led to believe and there’s a billion dollar fiscal hole that needs to be filled.

But the National Party is fighting back, saying planning for growth, particularly in Auckland, was already underway.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

Face of the day


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Who is really in charge?

Katrina Casey
Photo: KIRK-ANDERSON/STUFF

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins have said that the charter school transition will be easy. They are our elected leaders and we should be able to take them at their word.

This assumes of course that:

A) They are telling the truth

B) They are the ones in charge

Unfortunately, from where I am sitting, non elected bureaucrats like top Ministry official Katrina Casey have far too much influence and power. Casey, in my opinion, is trying to create a real web and charter schools are getting caught in it.

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Guest Post content does not necessarily reflect the views of the site or its editor. Guest Post content is offered for discussion and for alternative points of view.

Face of the day

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins

A reader writes:

The baby-faced assassin.

Has there ever been a face like this when trampling on the aspirations of young people (and their families)?

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