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

 


Government funds post-grad study for 600 teachers

26 October 2006

Government funds post-grad study for 600 teachers

In a move to further lift the quality of mathematics teaching, the government will fund tertiary fees for 600 primary teachers from next year, Education Minister Steve Maharey announced today.

"This is the first stage in a scheme the government is looking to extend across other priority areas of the curriculum," Steve Maharey said.

"It will ensure teachers have more opportunities to enhance their knowledge and expertise in important subject areas, including English, Science, Social Studies and Technology.

"The government recognises that the most important factor in lifting student achievement is effective teaching, backed up by good professional development."

Steve Maharey says the scheme will build on the results of numeracy and literacy professional development projects running in schools around the country.

"These projects have been hugely successful in lifting standards for all students.
Our approach is about supporting teachers to enhance their skills and develop programmes that meet the diverse needs of their students.

"While New Zealand's highest achievers in mathematics are comparable with the best in the world, we need to be working harder to lift standards for all students.

"Since 2000 more than 21,000 primary and intermediate teachers have taken part in the numeracy project and 1,200 have taken part in similar literacy projects.

"Evaluations of these projects have shown major improvements across all of the schools involved. The highest improvement has been among students that were previously the lowest achievers, and there has been a lift in achievement across Maori and Pacific students."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news