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Ministry blunders on teachers’ pay

Nanaia
MAHUTA
Education Spokesperson

06 September 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

Ministry blunders on teachers’ pay

"The switch to a new teacher pay system has been a massive stuff-up," says Labour’s Education Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.

"The Government spent two years getting this system ready to go. But instead of a smooth transition it’s an absolute mess.

“Some teachers have been fully paid but others have only received part of their pay cheque. Relief teachers have not been paid at all, and sick days have been miscalculated.

"What was supposed to be a straightforward process has created a lot of extra work and stress, as finance administrators try to make sure teachers get paid what they are entitled to.

"Principals wanted the new system trialled thoroughly before being introduced. But instead they’ve had their worst fears confirmed.

"There’s limited access to the help desk, it’s difficult for administration staff to talk to a real person to work through problems and they are told to use a website tool to fix things. It just isn’t working.

"Teachers have mortgages and bills to pay. The Ministry should take responsibility for the bungle and pay any bank charges that may result from staff not being paid on time and in full.

"More importantly, this will be a nightmare for individual schools which will now have to balance their books based on significant errors. A huge amount of time will be spent dealing with the fallout from this mess. The Ministry should compensate schools for the extra-time spent on this work.

"The Novopay system was meant to make things better. The Minister of Education needs to take responsibility for this mess and get it sorted out before the next teachers’ pay day,” says Nanaia Mahuta.



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