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

 


Education Secretary backs support staff

23 November 2012

Education Secretary backs support staff

NZEI school support staff members have welcomed an acknowledgement from the Secretary for Education, Lesley Longstone, in the long-running Novopay debacle.

Mrs. Longstone said that media comments made by Talent2 Chief Executive John Rawlinson saying school administration staff were culpable for problems with the Education Ministry's Novopay payroll system were really “unhelpful”.

“I thank her for the acknowledgement that it was not a support staff input problem. Staff have been inputting data for many years without any problem,” said Vicki Signal, NZEI national executive and support staff member at Hamilton’s Rhode Street School.

Mrs. Longstone told Radio New Zealand today that it was hardly surprising the staff had had trouble embracing the system, when there were so many bugs in it.

She said she knew it was frustrating but she said her message to NZEI and others was to “hold in there as it would result in a much better system” for them. However, she acknowledged that the new system won’t settle down until it had been through “a full year’s process”.

This came as a shock to Mrs. Signal.

“Support staff have been under a lot of stress and the prospect of looking at problems for another year is unbelievable and unacceptable,” she said.

“Other things are not happening in schools as staff keep getting dragged into Novopay problems. If the end-of -ear pay does not work then there will be huge ramifications. There are people who could be without income for two and half months.”

NZEI National Secretary Paul Goulter said assurances made by Mrs. Longstone that no staff member would be without pay were welcome but the process around this was not clear.

“She has said that schools should pay unpaid staff from their operations grant (which they have been doing) and if they cannot do that, they should contact the Ministry directly. However, the process around this is not clear. This needs to be sorted yesterday,” he said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Prue Hyman On ‘Hopes Dashed?’

For Scoop Review of Books, Alison McCulloch interviewed Prue Hyman about her new book, part of the BWB Texts series, Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Chuck Berry (And James Comey, And Bill English)

Back when many people were still treating rock’n’roll as a passing fad – was calypso going to be the new thing? – Chuck Berry knew that it had changed popular music forever. What is even more astonishing is that this 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis could manage to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented. More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki

Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

Obituary: Andrew Little Remembers Murray Ball

“Murray mined a rich vein of New Zealand popular culture and exported it to the world. Wal and Dog and all the other Kiwi characters he crafted through Footrot Flats were hugely popular here and in Australia, Europe and North America." More>>

ALSO:

Organised Choas: NZ Fringe Festival 2017 Awards

Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah! More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Wellington Writer Wins $US165,000 Literature Prize

Victoria University of Wellington staff member and alumna Ashleigh Young has won a prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize worth USD$165,000 for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: We’re All Lab Rats

A couple of years ago, there were reports that Silicon Valley executives were sending their children to tech-free schools. It was a story that dripped of irony: geeks in the heart of techno-utopia rejecting their ideology when it came to their own kids. But the story didn’t catch on, and an awkward question lingered. Why were the engineers of the future desperate to part their gadgets from their children? More>>

  • CensusAtSchool - Most kids have no screen-time limits
  • Netsafe - Half of NZ high school students unsupervised online
  • Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Education
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news