Back to school for teachers as Novopay debacle rolls on
Tracey Martin MP
27 January 2013
school for teachers as Novopay debacle rolls
Teachers head back to work this coming
week with the Novopay nightmare hanging like a bad dream,
says New Zealand First Education spokesperson Tracey
“National’s fix-it man Steven Joyce has
been brought in to sort out the debacle, but would he have
tolerated this when he was a boss in the private sector?
“Most private companies would not have put up
with such an epic failure – heads would have rolled long
“But the Ministry has backed itself into a
corner by continuing with a system diagnosed as
“How can teachers concentrate on
teaching children when faced with so much anxiety about
whether they’ll have enough money in their bank accounts
to pay off Christmas credit card debt or meet mortgage
“You’ve got no choice Mr Joyce –
put your best foot forward and give Novopay the boot,”
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