Education Ministry Has A Secret Novopay Agenda
Tracey Martin MP
16 November 2012
Ministry Has A Secret Novopay Agenda
Zealand First says the Government’s response to the
Novopay fiasco to sack the very staff working to resolve the
teachers’ pay botch-up reeks of a secret agenda.
Education spokesperson Tracey Martin says this course of
action by the Ministry of Education is beyond madness.
“The continual disruption since the roll-out of
Novopay has increased the school administration workload and
the Ministry is now going to slash backroom ministry
‘’Add to this the fact that the new
system puts the onus of data entry onto school
administration staff and this starts to look like a
deliberate cost cutting staff reduction move by the
“It might make sense if the faulty
Novopay system hadn’t already cost New Zealand taxpayers
“This Government is fast becoming
like an episode of The Office,” says Ms
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