Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Investing in quality

Investing in quality learning and teaching and improving literacy and numeracy are top priorities for the government in Budget 2002.

Education Minister Trevor Mallard said initiatives included support for professional development and increased spending on resources including internet-based resources.

“We have allocated nearly $7 million over four years to be a collaborative partner in the Australian $68 million Learning Federation Project. Together we will develop high quality digital education content available to all schools. We will get a much better product than we would ever be able to provide alone and our participation will ensure suitability for the New Zealand school curriculum.

“The material will be available through Te Kete Ipurangi – New Zealand’s online resource centre. We are also increasing funding to TKI by an additional $700,000 a year – or $2.8 million over four years - to take the total to $7.8 million in year four.

“TKI already provides a wealth of resources to support learning and administration in schools and more than 2000 people a day are visiting the site. The extra funding will be used to help support work with the National Library and overseas education portals to increase the range of resources available.

“To enable teachers to develop the skills they need to make effective use of modern technology, the government has allocated an extra $1.3 million in 2002-03 and $2.57 million in future years to fund another 20 ICT professional development clusters. This will boost funding for this successful initiative to $33 million and will allow teachers from up to 200 additional schools to participate.

“The budget includes an increase of $1.5 million a year for children’s literacy materials, including school journals and the ready to read series. This increase, the first since 1993 and long overdue, will take yearly funding to $5.5 million.

“We’ve also allocated $5.3 million over four years to extend the tools for assessing primary school children’s progress in literacy and numeracy to years 8-10. High quality assessment tools are an important part of monitoring children’s progress and lifting standards.

“At the secondary level, there is $6.8 million over four years to support teacher professional development for National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) levels 2 and 3 and to fund research into the effects of the NCEA on teaching and learning.”

“These initiatives show our commitment a quality education system,” Trevor Mallard said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election