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

 

Coalition talks should see big wins for education

Coalition talks should see big wins for education

25 September 2017

Whatever Government coalition emerges from negotiations in the coming weeks, educators are optimistic of major progress on the funding and quality of education, NZEI Te Riu Roa says.

"New Zealand First is likely to have a significant influence on the shape of any future Government. The fact it has campaigned strongly on improving education for all our children gives us genuine hope that real gains for all our children's education are on the way," NZEI Te Riu Roa president Lynda Stuart said.

"Regardless of who is in Government, this election is still an opportunity to fix public and early childhood education so it works for every single Kiwi child," said Ms Stuart.

“Under its education spokesperson Tracey Martin, NZ First has campaigned strongly on many policies that NZEI members also want progress on, and we're fully expecting NZ First to take these policies to the bargaining table.

"The majority of New Zealanders voted for parties that are committed to a major increase in funding for ECE and schools, and for real change especially for those with additional learning needs who are missing out now."

Policies NZ First has campaigned on, which could lead to big wins for children include:

• Ensuring funding meets individual learner needs, which are identified at an earlier stage and given appropriate support, instead of the current chronic lack of funding.

• Scrapping National Standards

• 100 percent qualified teachers in ECE

• Restoration of the per-child ECE subsidy, which has been frozen since 2008.

• Advocating for a higher trust model, allowing teachers more autonomy to drive progress.

• Repeal Charter Schools.

“We’re looking forward to seeing politicians negotiate a coalition agreement that has as its heart Article Three of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,” said Ms Stuart.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Global War Against Plastics


Compared to Covid and climate change, the threat from plastics seems like a low rent version of planetary disaster. Can that plastic bottle, this fast food plastic knife and fork, and the plastic packaging wrapped around everything from supermarket fruit to toys to consumer durables really be omens of the apocalypse? Unfortunately, yes. The threat that plastics pose to the oceans alone is immense...
More>>



 
 



Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Immunisation Starts For 5 To 11-year-old Tāmariki

More than 120,000 doses of the child (paediatric) Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to over 500 vaccination sites around New Zealand as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today, 17 January... More>>


Crown: Duke Of York’s NZ Military Patronage Appointment Ends
Buckingham Palace has recently announced that, with the Queen's approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen... More>>


Government: Have Your Say On Proposed Changes To Make Drinking Water Safer
Associate Minister for the Environment Kiri Allan is urging all New Zealanders to give feedback on proposed changes aimed at making drinking water safer. “The current regulations are not fit for purpose and don’t offer enough protection, particularly for those whose water comes from smaller supplies... More>>




Financial Advice NZ: Law Changes Locking Out Home Seekers, Urgent Meeting Sought With Government

Recent changes in consumer finance law on top of Government policy changes are locking many home seekers out of finance options they would have qualified for just six weeks ago, says Financial Advice New Zealand... More>>

Energy: Powering NZ’s Future With Biofuels
The Government will introduce a Sustainable Biofuels Mandate to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods said today... More>>

National: Three Waters Mandate Predetermined From The Start
Labour’s decision to force the Three Waters asset grab on every council in the country was made back in July, showing that their subsequent “engagement” with councils was a total sham, National’s Local Government spokesperson Simon Watts says... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels