Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Budget fails to recognise top teachers

MEDIA RELEASE

MAXIM INSTITUTE

20 May 2005

Budget fails to recognise top teachers

“Dr Cullen’s education budget does nothing to ensure good teachers are rewarded for their excellent work as claimed. We need to acknowledge that local schools and communities can be trusted to pay teachers themselves,” says Maxim Institute’s Policy Manager Nicki Taylor.

Until the current situation, where the government bases teacher salaries on the Ministry and the PPTA ‘knowing best’, is changed—great teachers will stay unrewarded.

“Dr Cullen’s talk of ‘professional development’ for teachers is meaningless. Teachers are not treated as professionals under the current system. Great teachers are not getting the recognition they deserve, in their pay structure or their working conditions,” says Nicki Taylor.

Principals and school boards are the best to determine teacher salaries, not the Ministry of Education or the PPTA.

“In addition, Dr Cullen has promised to spend an additional $19.5 million on schools, but $24 million on the Ministry of Education. New Zealand already spends more money than any country in the OECD on education—yet there is little to show for it. We still have an unacceptably large tail end of low achievers,” says Nicki Taylor.

The solution to the challenges we face in education is not more government spending, but a change in how it is spent, and who is spending it.

“The focus of education spending must be on getting our children to learn and on rewarding top teachers who make them learn,” says Nicki Taylor.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

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:

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>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news