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

 

Nonsensical Ministry decision

Nonsensical Ministry decision to refuse fair recruitment payments to primary teachers

19 February 2018

A Ministry of Education refusal to pay the same value “recruitment, retention and responsibility” (3R) payments to primary teachers as secondary teachers is nonsensical in the face of the current teacher shortage, NZEI Te Riu Roa says.

Late last year the Government established a $1 million fund from which schools could apply for 3R funding, acknowledging that some schools had difficulty finding the money needed to make additional payments to individual teachers to attract or retain them.

NZEI National Secretary Paul Goulter says a differentiation in payments between primary and secondary ($2750 for primary and $4000 for secondary) is unacceptable.

“It is contrary to the principles of pay parity and makes little sense practically given the teacher shortage is consistent across the sector,” Paul Goulter says.

NZEI last week asked the Ministry to make an urgent decision to pay the higher rate ($4000) to primary teachers, and asked that the payment be extended to area school teachers too.

“It is hard to believe the Ministry is taking the teacher shortage seriously when it is refusing to take this fair and common-sense step to attracting teachers to hard-to-staff schools,” Paul Goulter says.

“In the end, it is children’s learning that suffers when schools can’t staff their schools. It’s time the Ministry woke up and used all the tools at its disposal to address the teacher shortage crisis.”


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>

ALSO:

Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>

ALSO:

Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels