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

 

CPAG welcomes Govt move to abolish NCEA fees

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is thrilled by this morning’s announcement from the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins that NCEA fees are to be abolished.

"This is a simple change that will ease the financial burden on low-income households, and one that CPAG has been campaigning for since NCEA was first introduced," says Professor Peter O’Connor, Education Spokesperson for CPAG.

CPAG has long been concerned about the ‘hidden costs’ of Aotearoa-New Zealand’s so-called free education, which include NCEA fees, voluntary donations, trip fees, uniforms and more recently the introduction of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy within schools.

"For many children, the stigma of not being able to afford education costs, such as NCEA fees, will stay with them for a long time, and impact on the way they view their opportunities to succeed in the world, and their own self-worth," says Professor O’Connor.

"To have any real impact on children’s lives, the Government must not delay implementation of such important policies until 2020."

CPAG says that education is a social good and should be paid for through general taxation, not user pays. Currently households in New Zealand share a greater burden of public education costs compared with households in other countries across the OECD. This is inherently unfair, and impacts disproportionately on families living in material hardship and income poverty.



"There are a lot of changes that need to happen before Aotearoa New Zealand can truthfully say that it’s public education is free, and the removal of NCEA costs, which are a burden on so many families, is a great step forward toward that goal," says Professor O’Connor.

"We are hopeful that the Labour-coalition Government will implement other good policies around education, such as Labour’s policy of offering an extra $150 per student to state and state-integrated schools that don’t ask parents for donations, which it committed to in 2017 as a means for ensuring that schooling is genuinely free."

A new paper from the Ministry of Education, NCEA Change Package 2019 Overview outlines a raft of changes aimed at improving NCEA for secondary students.

CPAG is heartened by the Government’s intention, alongside removal of NCEA fees, to modify the way that NCEA is delivered, so that it is simpler, students can have a wider range of options and pathways into future training, and to strengthen and acknowledge mātauranga Māori.

CPAG says that alongside provisions inside of schools, as a nation we need to ensure that all families have an adequate income to ensure all their basic needs are met within and outside the home, and that they have safe, stable housing without being forced into constant and costly moves away from school, friends and family/whānau support.

As such it is critical that the Government does not delay implementing the recommendations of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group, outlined in Whakamana Tāngata: Restoring Dignity to Social Security in New Zealand.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Gordon Campbell: On Reforming Parliament’s Toxic Culture

It would be nice to think Parliament was a forum where rationality ruled – and where policies are raised and evaluated in terms of their contribution to the greater good. Obviously, it isn’t like that... More>>

Historic Assualt Allegation: Parliamentary Service Staff Member Stood Down
Rt Hon Trevor Mallard said today: “I do not want to cut across any employment or possible police investigations, but I am satisfied that the Parliamentary Service has removed a threat to the safety of women working in the Parliamentary complex." More>>


 

Study: Guidelines Needed To Avoid Risks In Government AI

New Zealand is a world leader in government algorithm use – but measures are needed to guard against their dangers. This is the conclusion of a New Zealand Law Foundation-funded report from the University of Otago’s Artificial Intelligence and Law in New Zealand Project. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Families Welcome Opening Of Drift

The group representing 29 of the Pike River Families - the Pike River Family Reference Group - has welcomed the unsealing of the mine at a private family event this morning... More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Harbour Bridge: New Design For Walking And Cycling Crossing

The NZ Transport Agency has released plans for its preferred option for a shared path over the Auckland Harbour Bridge which will transform walking and cycling not only across the harbour, but throughout the city. The Transport Agency says its preferred ... More>>

ALSO:

Shaw First Reading Speech: Climate Change Response Bill

Madam Speaker, today we begin the task of amending the Climate Change Response Act [2002], to fulfil the commitment that we have made, as a country, to limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: More Unsold Kiwibuild Houses Bought By Govt

The Crown underwrite for unsold Kiwibuild homes has been triggered for a second time. Now lack of sales in Mike Greer's development in Canterbury and Auckland means the government has had to buy back seven more homes. More>>

ALSO:

camouflageGordon Campbell: Why We Shouldn’t Genuflect To Security

Reportedly most (and possibly all) of the Royal Commission investigation into the Christchurch mosque shootings will be closed to the general public and to the media… More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels