teacher unions

PPTA president blames stress for inappropriate conduct towards students

The march of registered teachers through the courts and disciplinary processes continues unabated. The teacher unions and Labour party oppose charter schools because there isn’t a requirement for registered teachers. They say teacher registration will protect the kids.

In the past three years, 75 teachers have been investigated and 54 struck off for inappropriate conduct towards their students.

The PPTA head thinks that is just because of a wee bit of stress.

Act leader David Seymour has slammed comments made by an education union president – saying teacher stress has nothing to do with serious offending against children.

But Angela Roberts, president of the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA), says Seymour has misconstrued her comments – and probably done so deliberately.

Seymour today called on teachers to demand the resignation of Roberts, over comments made to Newshub on Friday.

“Inappropriate conduct can severely damage a child for life,” he said.

“Over the past three years 75 teachers have been investigated and 54 struck off, but the PPTA show no remorse, simply citing ‘stress’ and ‘bad decisions.'”

Roberts was quoted by Newshub for a story on the number of teachers censured and deregistered in the past three years, including for sexual misconduct, assault and sex abuse.

The report quoted Roberts as saying it was important for the Education Council to monitor the statistics for any trends.

“They may find that there is an increased trend of teachers who are suffering from significant stress, and some really poor decisions get made,” she told Newshub.

“And if that’s something they see a trend is coming through on, then actually how do they respond to that?”

Roberts also said that it was important for the Education Council to have good processes in place to protect teachers and students.

“It can get really complicated very quickly – do the police need to be involved, is it just an employment issue or is it a registration issue? So there are three bits to it,” she said.

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It all hinges on the label the Teacher’s Union have given it; is it bulk funding or not?

Teachers in Auckland this week held the first of 50 planned stopwork meetings around the country over a Government proposal called a “global budget”…

It would be a pity if this idea was stifled before the public has had a chance to understand it. Teachers’ unions have been calling it “bulk funding”, a proposal they resisted from the previous National Government in the 1990s. But as the “global budget” is described by the Ministry of Education, it does not look like the earlier scheme.

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Rodney Hide hits Teacher Unions hard

Over at the NBR Rodney Hide is hitting the teacher unions hard. He is not playing nicely as the gloves are clearly off. It is great to see that the same fantastic results I wrote about here are now appearing in the mainstream media. Alwyn Poole and his loyal staff at South Auckland Middle School deserve all the praise Rodney has given and more.

The teacher unions oppose the charter schools with every fibre of their being.  Their opposition is well-founded: The charter schools highlight the failure of the unions.


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Hekia says Potato, Unions say Potardo

Teacher Unions love to be contrary.  You can guarantee whatever position Education Minister Hekia Parata takes, the unions will take the opposite position. Teacher Unions’ staunch and ongoing opposition to charter schools is just one example of this kind of behaviour.

Education Minister Hekia Parata is “somewhat surprised” that teacher unions have come out in strong opposition to the Government’s proposed new funding system for schools.

The PPTA and NZEI say their 60,000 members will hold paid union meetings next month to discuss a response to the “global budget” proposal.

They say it’s a back door attempt to bring in bulk funding and larger class sizes, which has failed in the past.


Remember that these are the exact same unions who claimed charter schools were only doing well and able to have smaller class sizes because they were bulk funded. The three Partnership schools I visited managed their limited budget successfully because they all employed a financial manager as well as a Principal.  They liked bulk funding because it gave them choice.

But the Post Primary Teachers Association said encouraging results were only because charter schools were better resourced and able to have smaller classes


Ms Parata says it isn’t bulk funding and she’s been discussing the proposal with the unions and other sector representatives since May.

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The inconvenient truth about Vanguard Military school

I will let the percentages and students speak for themselves. Vanguard Military school is a Partnership school ( charter school ) that is achieving exactly what it set out to do. It’s success and the success of other charter schools like West Auckland and South Auckland Middle school is an inconvenient truth that the Teacher Unions and the Labour Party choose to ignore.



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How does this new school differ from a Charter school?

Rototuna Junior High School principal Fraser Hill on the first floor of Rototuna High School.
Rototuna Junior High School principal Fraser Hill on the first floor of Rototuna High School.

So the government has built a brand new school called Rototuna Junior High school. As you all know Partnership schools also known as Charter schools are constantly attacked by teacher unions who claim they are too expensive. Since Rototuna is a brand new school let’s do a comparison.

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New school, costing $40m, opens – others decline. Unions apoplectic?

A new school, costing $40m, has opened causing pupils to decamp from other schools to attend the new one:

Fairfield Intermediate’s roll has declined by about 130, now Rototuna Junior High School’s open.

Until the the Year 7-10 school was opened this year, there was no other public option in Hamilton’s fast-growing northern suburbs.

The new school also hit Fairfield College’s roll, but to a lesser extent.

The 130-student roll change at Fairfield Intermediate wasn’t unexpected, principal Barry Roberts said.

“It’ll take a year or three for the number to grow back up. But we’re still here. It’s not majorly catastrophic,” he said.

“It’s students that haven’t come in [at Year 7], mostly.”    Read more »

Our teachers just missed out on a medal

I know you’re used to the constant teacher bashing that goes on here. That has two basic sources: teacher unions and bad teachers. The feeling this has created is that all teachers are bad and the whole education system beyond redemption. Not so.

An international study has found New Zealand teachers are some of the most professional in the world.

The Teaching and Learning International Study (TALIS) ranks New Zealand teachers fourth out of 35 countries, behind the Russian Federation, Estonia and Singapore.

It examined more than 2800 Year 7-10 teachers and principals at primary, intermediate and secondary schools across New Zealand.

Kiwi teachers did well at teacher training, professional development, autonomy in their work and networking with peers.

The OECD study found regardless of decile, quality was consistent across New Zealand schools.
Education Minister Hekia Parata said the results were encouraging.

“It shows our kids have access to great teachers, no matter what their background.”

Teachers are an essential and solid part of our society and economy.  This is why I’m so determined to see the destructive influence of unions eliminated, and the process of weeding out dishonest and predatory teachers improved and sped up.  Read more »

So if you’re a man, and not paid as much as other men, then… eff you?

The NZEI teachers union is making a push for pay equity.

NZEI is welcoming the government’s decision to begin negotiations over equal pay for women.

The government is to set up a Joint Working Group with unions, including NZEI, and employers to develop agreed principles to guide lifting the pay for women working in education support, aged care and other female dominated occupations.

“We believe this is a significant step forward in ensuring that thousands of women will finally get paid fairly,” says NZEI National President Louise Green.

Last week NZEI lodged a claim with the Employment Relations Authority on behalf of three education support workers. They earn an estimated $8 an hour less than a comparable male-dominated job.

“We look forward to working with the government to help put an end to discrimination against women who are underpaid simply because they are in workforces that are primarily female.”   Read more »