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Education: Labour's Track Record 1999-2005

25 August 2005

Labour's Track Record 1999-2005 Funding for Education

• Overall education funding has increased from $5,712 million in 1999/00 to $8,680 million in 2005/06 – an increase of almost 51 per cent.

• By 2009, annual expenditure on education will have increased a further $578 million, bringing the total increase in Vote Education spending under the Labour-led government to over 62 per cent.

• Total spending on the schools sector alone has increased by over $1,159 million, an increase of over 38 percent. By 2009 that will increase by a further $100 million bringing the total increase in funding for schools under a Labour-led government to over 41 percent.

• Since 1999, schools operational funding has increased by over 15 per cent per student in real terms.

Student Achievement

• The percentage of students leaving school with no qualifications has dropped from 18 per cent of all leavers in 2002 to 13 per cent of school leavers in 2004.

• In 2002, 35 per cent of Maori school leavers left with no qualifications - this dropped to 26 per cent in 2004. Similarly 26 per cent of Pasifika school leavers left with no qualifications in 2002, compared with 17 per cent in 2004.

• The proportion of Maori and Pasifika school leavers with qualifications higher than NCEA level 1 grew markedly, from 39 per cent and 54 per cent respectively in 2002 to 47 per cent and 62 per cent in 2004.

• The proportion of students staying on at school until year 13 has also increased, from 58.2 per cent in 2001 to 60.9 per cent in 2005.

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• Under the Labour-led government, we have invested in over 3,040 extra teachers over and above those required for roll growth.

• Since 1999, we've put around 1047 extra primary and intermediate teachers in classrooms.

• Secondary schools have benefited from an extra 1594 teachers; area and middle schools over 320 extra teachers, and special schools over 70 extra teachers.

• The mean salary of regular state school teachers has increased from $46,435 in 1999 to $56,915 in 2005, an increase of over 23 per cent.

Information Communications Technology (ICT)

• The government has invested over $48 million to rollout high-speed, broadband Internet access to every school in New Zealand.

• Over 26,400 teachers and principals have received laptops under the Laptops for Teacher Scheme, and Budget 2005 extended the scheme so that all teachers in state schools are now eligible.

• The government has invested over $71 million in the Laptops for Teachers Scheme.

• More than 370,000 students are benefiting from their teachers' involvement in professional development initiatives to improve their use of ICT for learning, teaching and administration, at an annual cost of over $12 million.

School Property / Capital Expenditure

• Since 1999, the government has invested over $220 million building new schools in areas of high population growth. 29 new schools have opened since Labour became the government.

• We have invested $400 million to build over 2,200 new classrooms to meet growth demands in existing schools.

• Each year, we are investing over $400 million in school capital development, an increase of over 40 per cent since 1999.


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