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

 

Off To Leeds: Wellington’s Local Naked Girl Spreads Her Wings

Wellington born, bred and based live artist Virginia Kennard, self confessed “local naked girl”, has earned a place on the MA in Performance programme at Leeds Beckett University and flies away in 2 months time. More>>

Free Diving: William Trubridge Breaks World Record

With just a single breath, New Zealand free diver William Trubridge has successfully broken his own unassisted free dive world record of 101 metres. More>>

ALSO:

RLWC 2017 Draw: New Zealand Set For A Festival Of Rugby League

New Zealand Rugby League fans will have the chance to see the Kiwis in action against the best in the Pacific region for the Rugby League World Cup 2017, as announced today at the Official Tournament Draw. More>>

ALSO:

Non-Pokemon News: Magical Park A Safer Augmented Reality For Younger Audiences

Since May, Wellington City Council has been trialling a new app, Magical Park, in collaboration with the game’s New Zealand developer Geo AR Games, in parks around the city. Magical Park uses GPS technology to get users moving around the park to play within a set boundary. More>>

'Erroneous': Pokemon App Makers On Huge Privacy Flaw

We recently discovered that the Pokémon Go account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account... More>>

ALSO:

Te Wiki O Te Reo: Te Reo Māori Is For All New Zealanders — Minister

Minister for Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell welcomes the start of Māori Language Week today and invites all New Zealanders to give speaking te reo Māori a go. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news