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

 


Novopay – Mission Impossible


Media Release November 20 2012 – for immediate release
Attention: Education and Political Reporters

Novopay – Mission Impossible

After nearly four months, school principals report that Novopay has not improved the standard of its delivery and for many it has now become ‘mission impossible’,’ says Paul Drummond, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation.

‘We have just conducted our third survey’, said Drummond, ‘and the results show we still have 90% of principals telling us that they have unresolved issues from previous pay rounds and that in 70% of schools at least one staff member is not paid correctly in the latest pay round. 87% of principals have no confidence in the system.’

The Novopay system has cost tax payers $29 million and has been troubled right from the start. Staff expected a few teething problems and showed much tolerance and patience but with the continual unresolved and newly emerging issues they now question whether Novopay can ever be fixed.

‘We are trying to do the impossible in an environment that is intolerable with a system that is dysfunctional’, said Drummond. ‘It is quite unrealistic that all schools will meet the 21 November deadline to have their end of year data submitted. Feedback tells us that in many cases the system simply won’t allow schools to submit the information. Many report that even if they can submit information, half of it is lost in transmission, and asking Novopay staff for help is likely to yield further incorrect information. It is simply unprofessional and unacceptable’, he says.

‘The state of the payroll system has now reached crisis level’, says Drummond, ‘and without drastic immediate intervention, problems will only compound’, he said. ‘It’s not as if we are just dealing with historic issues. Every pay round new random issues occur and every survey we conduct we discover more breaches of privacy. There are serious systemic problems with Novopay that have to be acknowledged and urgently addressed’, he said.

‘It is also time to discuss financial compensation that goes wider than the Ministry paying for auditing costs because of Novopay incompetencies’, said Drummond. ‘Affected staff are incurring penalty costs through things like automatic payments not going through, not to mention the extraordinary hours school staff are working as they battle what has now become Mission Impossible’, he said.

www.nzpf.ac.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: The Typewriter Factory

I finished reading Don’t Dream It’s Over not long after it came out last August. I even started writing a review, which took something of an ‘I’m sorry people, but it’s already over’ approach. I’ve been pretty negative about journalism as it’s practiced in the mainstream (or MSM, or corporate media or liberal media or whatever terminology you prefer) for quite some time (see for example Stop the Press), and I believe the current capitalist media model is destructive and can’t be reformed. More>>

Sheep Update: Solo World Shearing Record Broken In Southland

Southland shearer Leon Samuels today set a new World solo eight-hours strongwool ewe-shearing after a tally of 605 in a wool shed north of Gore. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: Dick Frizzell At The Solander Gallery

One of the most influential and celebrated contemporary Pop artists working in New Zealand, Dick Frizzell is mostly known for his appropriation of kitsch Kiwiana icons, which he often incorporates into cartoon-like paintings and lithographs. Not content with adhering to one particular style, he likes to adopt consciously unfashionable styles of painting, in a manner reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein. More>>

Old Music: Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces NZ Tour

Following his recent sold out North American and UK tours, Adam Ant is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the release of his landmark KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER album with a newly-remastered reissue (Sony Legacy) and Australasian tour. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Looking Back

Writing a memoir that appeals to a broad readership is a difficult undertaking. As an experienced communicator, Lloyd Geering keeps the reader’s interest alive through ten chapters (or portholes) giving views of different aspects of his life in 20th-century New Zealand. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Purple (and Violet) Prose

This is the second recent conjoint publication by Reeve and Stapp; all to do with esoteric, arcane and obscure vocabulary – sesquipedalian, anyone – and so much more besides. Before I write further, I must stress that the book is an equal partnership between words and images and that one cannot thrive without the other. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news