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Green Party gets in behind NZEI’s day of action

6 December 2013

Green Party gets in behind NZEI’s day of action

The Green Party is 100% behind the NZEI’s green day of action, Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty said today.

This day of action is about reversing the cuts to kindergarten teacher funding that put quality at risk and proper funding for head teachers of kindergartens through a postcard and lobbying campaign as well as a rally the Green party supported outside Hekia Parata's office in Porirua this morning.
“Investing in early childhood education (ECE) is simply a no-brainer,” said Ms Delahunty.

“Research shows that for every dollar invested in a child’s early childhood education, there are up to $17 saved in welfare and justice costs later in life.

“Sadly, while this Government sees no problem with allocating billions of dollars to motorways with dubious cost benefit ratios the early childhood education sector is being neglected.

“Under the current Government commitments to 100% qualified early childhood teachers have been shelved and now many schools barely have more than half their staff qualified.

“For National it is acceptable to fund only up to 80% of qualified teachers,” Ms Delahunty said.

“This is simply wrong. Qualified teachers are necessary in helping to shape kids in their formative years and kindergartens that are committed to fully qualified staff have to raise fees cut other resources to maintain teacher quality.

“New Zealand is falling behind in international education as surveys such as the recently released PISA report show,” Ms Delahunty said.

“Money spent on our kids and teachers in ECE is a great way to lift make quality education available for everyone from the beginning.

“The Green Party is committed to supporting qualified teachers and putting more resources into this vital sector.”


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