Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Prompt action needed on staffing review

Media Release
14 Dec 2007

Prompt action needed on staffing review

PPTA president Robin Duff welcomes government plans to conduct a review of secondary school staffing but says action needs to be taken now if it is to have any impact.

Education Minister Chris Carter announced this afternoon that there would be a review of secondary school staffing, aiming to ensure that schools had the resources and flexibility they needed to “meet the demands of delivering a 21st century education”.

This comes just after the PPTA has kicked off a campaign focusing on increasing secondary staffing and reducing class sizes.

While Mr Duff felt this was a positive step, he also wanted to see a timeline put in place to make sure the review was completed by early next year.

“The government has finally put its glasses on and worked out what’s going on out there. The teacher shortage is affecting subjects and schools across the board and the quality of our children’s education.
“We need to focus on getting more quality secondary teachers and the importance of encouraging teachers in specialty subjects.

“A review needs to happen quickly. It can’t be an excuse to waste time in a situation that has already got quite serious. We have been promised staffing would be addressed for quite some time, but that hasn’t happened. Recently at our negotiations it was totally ignored,” he said.

“Principals and boards of trustees should heave a sigh of relief that their concerns are to be addressed. We just have to make sure it happens quickly”.

Mr Duff felt the review should be completed within the next school term.
“We can’t have teachers getting their hopes up only to have them dashed again by a refusal to follow through, or a change of government,” he said.

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>

ALSO:

Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news