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New Minister of Education off to a fantastic start

New Minister of Education off to a fantastic start

Education Minister Nikki Kaye is off to a fantastic start, with the announcement of an extra $68.8m to support vulnerable children and their families, says Lorraine Kerr, President of New Zealand School Trustee Association (NZSTA).

Prime Minister Bill English, in his pre-budget speech, confirmed the spend as part of a wider $321m Social Investment Package and emphasised the Government’s commitment to "Support children most at risk of long-term dysfunction."

NZSTA is here to support school boards of trustees to ensure that every student achieves their highest possible educational potential and Ms Kerr is confident the new investment will work towards this vision.

Ms Kerr, who today met with Ms Kaye and Associate Minister of Education, Tim Macindoe, strongly backs the funding.

"This is a clear focus on children and young people and we welcome more funding to better support behavioural issues for children between zero to eight years. This is going to further enhance support for existing challenges and increase opportunities in the education sector.

"The positive flow-on effect to schools to help them cope with students with behavioural problems, will be widely felt across New Zealand.

"We welcome the opportunity to work in collaboration with the new Minister", says Ms Kerr.

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