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

 


Teachers seek transparency over government education agenda

Teachers seek transparency over government education agenda

NZEI Te Riu Roa is calling on the government to either confirm or deny radical plans over school funding.

National President Judith Nowotarski says the funding proposals hinted at by the Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, would increase inequity and be extremely damaging for struggling children and those from poorer communities.

She says it’s time for the government to be upfront about its real agenda for education.

“Using narrow test results as a measuring stick for school funding would punish the very children who need support the most.

“Once again the government seems to be following failed overseas experiments, particularly from the United States, where these policies have led to an increase in the number of charter schools and greater educational inequality.

“We need more transparency from this government. Over the past few years we’ve seen a whole suite of ideologically-driven changes leading to increased privatisation and competition between schools.”

Last year Treasury advised the government to hide its real overall education agenda "while making smaller incremental changes in a less high profile manner across a range of fronts".

Treasury advised using themes such as "supporting quality teaching" and "measuring performance to focus support" to communicate change while more harder-edged changes be pursued in parallel, incrementally and without significant profile.

“We call on the government to tell New Zealanders what the real plan is now, instead of waiting until after the election.”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Album Review: Donnie Trumpet And The Social Experiments: Surf

Chance the Rapper is one of my favourite rappers of the last couple years. He bought a uniquely fucked up, acid sound with his debut Acid Rap which has demonstrably influenced others including ILoveMakonnen and A$AP Rocky. It’s remarkable that, at such a ... More>>

Photos: Inside The Christchurch Arts Centre Rebuild

Lady Pippa Blake visited Christchurch Arts Centre chief executive André Lovatt, a 2015 recipient of the Blake Leader Awards. The award celebrated Lovatt’s leadership in New Zealand and hisand dedication to the restoration of the Arts Centre. More>>

Running Them Up The Flagpole: Web Tool Lets Public Determine New Zealand Flag

A School of Design master’s student is challenging the flag selection process by devising a web tool that allows the public to feed their views back in a way, he says, the current government process does not. More>>

ALSO:

Survey: ‘The Arts Make My Life Better’: New Zealanders

New Zealanders are creative people who believe being involved in the arts makes their lives better and their communities stronger. Nine out of ten adult New Zealanders (88%) agree the arts are good for them and eight out of ten (82%) agree that the arts help to improve New Zealand society. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Reprieve For Te Papa Press

Following its review of the role of Te Papa Press, Te Papa has committed to continue publishing books during the museum’s redevelopment, Chief Executive Rick Ellis announced yesterday. More>>

Law Society: Sir Peter Williams QC, 1934 - 2015

“Sir Peter was an exceptional advocate. He had the ability to put the defence case for his clients with powerful oratory. His passion shone through in everything he did and said.” Mr Moore says Sir Peter’s lifelong commitment to prison reform was instrumental in ensuring prison conditions and the rights of prisoners were brought to public attention. More>>

ALSO:

CTU: Peter Conway – Family Statement

Peter committed his whole working life to improving the lives of working people, both in unions and, more recently, as the Economist and Secretary of the Council of Trade Unions. He was previously Chair of Oxfam New Zealand and was on the Board of NZ Trade and Enterprise. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news