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

 

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

Theatre: The F Word: Sex Without The 'ism'

Sex without the 'ism' Okay, so the sexes are equal in the eyes of the law. What the F happens now? More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Don’t Eat The Fish

On 'The Catch' by Michael Field What the ecologically edible lists don’t appear to take into account – and they should – is slavery... It’s not an easy read, but it’s definitely near the top of my listicle of “5 Political Books You Must Read This Year”. More>>

ALSO:

Caracals: Small Cats With Big Ears Arrive At Wellington Zoo

Visitors to Wellington Zoo will be able to see New Zealand’s first Caracals in the Zoo’s new Grassland Cats habitat, with a special visitor opening day on Saturday 27 September. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news