Rāmere 19 o Whiringa ā nuku

University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon to step down

University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon will step down at the end of next year.

Sir Toby Curtis pushes for urgent hearing

Notable Maori educator Sir Toby Curtis is demanding an urgent hearing before the Waitangi Tribunal on Wai 2770. The claim centres on the closure of Partnership Schools in NZ.

Secondary school teacher shortage looks set to get worse

The demand for teachers will ease in primary schools in the next three years, but get much worse in secondary schools, a new forecast from the Education Ministry shows. See also: Overseas teacher recruitment drive doubles

All teachers challenged to widen world view

The head of the Principals Federation says a lack of familiarity with things Māori can’t be held against migrant teachers – because many New Zealand-born teachers also lack cultural awareness.

Kids’ programme hailed a major success

The inaugural holiday programme to teach Rarotonga children the local culture and way of life through farming and other activities has been hailed a huge success.

School name has ‘huge effect psychologically’

A bid to change a Dunedin school’s name is gaining traction following accusations its namesake covered up sex abuse.

Professors honoured for contribution to indigenous health

Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Whare) and Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith are two of six University of Otago researchers who have been recognised in this year’s New Zealand Research Honours Awards. See also: Six Otago researchers recognised in NZ research honours

International students in limbo after Auckland’s Regent International Education Group closes for non-compliance

 

Regent International Education Group, an Auckland business school, has been closed after problems with plagiarism, poor assessment practices and low visa approval rates.

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Bill makes for a stronger public education system

Beehive: The passage of the Education Amendment Bill this afternoon draws a line under some of the most divisive policies of the previous Government and puts the emphasis back on quality education, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

Repeal of charter school law welcomed by secondary teachers

PPTA: The government’s support for quality public education has been demonstrated today with the passage of the bill repealing charter schools.

New physiotherapy school to open at Wintec

Wintec: Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) now has New Zealand’s first new school of physiotherapy in 45 years, a coup for the central North Island.

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Rāapa 17 o Whiringa ā nuku

Primary school sector lists potential strike dates ahead of secret vote

Parents of primary school children have been given a month to prepare for strike action if teachers and principals vote “yes” in a secret ballot.

Bicultural approach to education benefits young Kiwi kids

Research shows that a child’s development is improved by learning about other languages and cultures.

Thought leadership lacking in education

New Zealand’s education system is lacking thought leadership, according to futurist Frances Valintine. “If you went to a principal today and said, ‘What is the strategy for New Zealand’s education future?’ I think they would struggle to answer that question,” she said.

Teachers need help over fear factor

A Māori education consultant says many in the sector need help to get over the fear factor when it comes to teaching Māori children.

Lack of child protection policies in schools a ‘nation-wide failure’, parent says

The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 requires schools have a child protection policy, but a journalist’s research shows they have been tardy.

Students talk online safety and bullying as Facebook and Sticks ‘n’ Stones launches programme

Wellington high school students talk about online safety and issues at the Online Safety Advocates’ programme launch.

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Education workers optimistic about Pay Equity Amendment Bill

NZEI: As the Equal Pay Amendment Bill has its first reading, a 12-year struggle for pay equity will also draw to a close for Education Support Workers, who will be receiving their first payslips with pay increases of up to 30% today.

MPs must vote to give students and staff a strong voice

TEU: Tertiary Education Union (TEU) national president Sandra Grey and NZ Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) president Jonathan Gee today welcomed a new amendment to theEducation Amendment Bill tabled by Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick that, if passed, will increase student and staff representation on tertiary education councils.

Early childhood teacher shortage severe

NZEI: The union representing early childhood teachers has added its voice to ECE employers’ call to Government to do more to reverse a teacher shortage in early childhood services.

 

Rāhina 15 o Whiringa ā nuku

Teaching considered for official skill shortage list

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said preliminary reports showed “moderate evidence” of shortages among primary, secondary and early childhood teachers and it needed strong evidence before any of the occupations could be added to its Essential Skills in Demand Lists.

Education funding boost unlikely to sway teachers voting on strike action, union says

The Government is throwing more money at the teachers’ shortage, but a union boss says it’s unlikely to sway teachers voting on strike action.

More diversity called for in New Zealand’s classrooms

New Zealand has 55,020 registered teachers, as at April 2017 – 40,819 of these are women. That is almost three times the 14,201 male teachers educating our children.

From low pass rates to 90 per cent; the Hawke’s Bay college nailing Māori education

Flaxmere College, in the heart of the titular Hastings suburb, didn’t always cater to students’ needs like this. In 2009, it hit a low. Its students were underperforming, and truant. Only a third were achieving NCEA levels 1 and 2, and only eight per cent were achieving level 3.

Wait times for Early Intervention Services appointments grow longer, despite $21.5m investment

Ministry of Education deputy secretary Katrina Casey said “experienced learning support specialists are always in high demand”. It provides about 250 study grants each year for people wanting to work with special needs children.

More EIS staff were being “actively recruited, but it will take time for the effects of this to have an impact on reducing the wait for families,” Casey said.

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New plan to address teacher shortage

NZGovt: The Coalition Government is ramping up efforts to attract over 850 additional teachers to meet an expected shortfall next year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.

Steps to fix teacher shortage are welcome but…

NZEI: NZEI Te Riu Roa has welcomed the Government’s announcement of new initiatives to address the growing teacher shortage, but says teaching must become a sustainable career choice if there is to be a long-term solution.

Rāmere 12 o Whiringa ā nuku

Universities face a crisis of the humanities

In an era of fake news and partisanship, society needs critical thinkers more than ever. So why are students increasingly turning away from the humanities? Kate Newton reports.

‘A kick in the teeth’: Grandmother stuck on $59,000 after 43 years teaching

A teacher who finished her training 43 years ago is still stuck on a salary of $59,621 – about $12,000 less than her son, who trained as a teacher 30 years later – because she doesn’t have a degree.

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Government launches Strategy for Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation

NZGovt: “Our new strategy for Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation seeks to tackle and overcome the clear inequalities for women and girls when it comes to participation, leadership and visibility within sport and active recreation in New Zealand,” Jacinda Ardern said.

Commissioner appointed at Whitireia and WelTec

NZGovt: Acting Education Minister Tracey Martin has confirmed the appointment of a Commissioner at Whitireia and WelTec. The new Commissioner, Neil Barns has more than 30 years’ experience in tertiary education. Dr Barns is a former Chief Executive of the Christchurch Polytech Institute of Technology and the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

Pressure on Education Minister for urgent change

TEU: Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ decision to formally dissolve the combined council of WelTec and Whitireia and appoint a commissioner in its place is a clear sign that New Zealanders cannot afford for the current model of tertiary education provision to continue any longer, and that change is an urgent priority, the Tertiary Education Union said.

The Govt has the power to avert potential strike action

NZEI: The Government has the power to avert further potential strike action if it improves its collective agreement offers to primary teachers and principals. After resoundingly rejecting the Ministry of Education’s latest offers, primary teachers and principals will vote next week on whether to hold a week of rolling one-day strikes in November.

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‘We care so much it exhausts us’: A Māori educator on the mountains still to climb

In her first post for Te Puna Kōrero, a new blogging platform for Māori education and kaupapa, Māori research expert Linda Tuhiwai Smith takes stock of how far we’ve come, and at what cost.

Alex Davis: Universities are not giving us unbiased knowledge

As any number of graduation speeches formulaically tell you, the purpose of a university education is to “open minds”, “search for truth” and inspire students to think broadly and freely. We turn to academia for what we assume is scientifically rigorous, evidentially based, objective and unbiased knowledge about the world and how to solve its many and varied problems.

Except of course that’s not actually the case. Six decades of research from the United States clearly demonstrate universities and academics are frequently heavily biased and skew overwhelmingly to the political left.

 

Rāapa 10 o Whiringa ā nuku

Government’s $5.5b surplus announcement raises hackles of teachers’ union NZEI

New Zealand Educational Institute says further teachers’ strikes could be avoided if the Government’s $5.5b surplus was used to settle pay disputes.

Cyberbullying a $444M problem for NZ

To date, cyberbullying has been primarily understood in terms of social cost and personal harm. This report provides a fresh perspective on the size of the problem, and the way it impacts society.

Anxiety and family major factors in students skipping school, report finds

Student attendance was “persistently low” with about a third of school absences “unjustified”, the Ministry of Education commissioned report said.

Rural, Maori mental health stats grim

Being young, male, Māori and living in rural Northland could be a prescription for mental illness, according to recent statistics and commentary.

Mum and childcare expert think more should be done to keep children safe in care centres

Childcare expert and ChildForum chief executive Dr Sarah Alexander said she would like to see people feel safer in coming forward to make complaints about childcare.

Lessons learnt over cheap school builds

One construction industry expert said major problems associated with new school builds is on the decline and reflects a shift by Government away from wanting campuses built for the cheapest price.

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New partnership formed to empower Pasifika student voice

NZUSA: The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) and New Zealand Tongan Tertiary Students’ Association (NZTTSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding expressing their joint commitment to uplifting the Pasifika student voice.

Opinion

 

Our education system is failing and whingeing teachers aren’t helping

While lecturing the UN about racism, our PM failed to acknowledge that – in terms of statistical outcomes – we may well have the most racist education system in the developed world. And, collectively, we don’t care much more than a big rat’s backside about it. We barely lift a finger in protest and/or to seek change.

 

 

 

Rāhina 8 o Whiringa ā nuku

Jobs on the line at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa after NZQA downgrade

The Māori education provider has been downgraded from category 1 to category 3 in its external evaluation and review, giving it a “not yet confident” judgment in its educational performance and organisational capability in self-assessment.

Half of university scholarships go to wealthiest students while the poorest struggle

Half of university scholarships go to students from our wealthiest families, dismaying teachers in disadvantaged areas who see even their brightest students struggle to get a foot in the door.

Gap between student expectations and employment chances in IT ‘never wider’

Students are being warned a computing degree is no easy pass to a good job, with about 100 students applying for each graduate internship opportunity.

UCOL acts quickly to fix privacy breach of student information

UCOL accidentally sent out the personal details of 500 students. Palmerston North-based polytech UCOL will review its internal email controls after an unintentional privacy breach involving student information.

Massey council launches review into cancellation of Don Brash speech

The Massey University council and chancellor Michael Ahie are reviewing the process that led to the cancellation of Don Brash speaking on campus.

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Quality ECE services in jeopardy

NZ Kindergartens: “The announcement that four kindergartens in the South Island may close is a direct result of years of under-funding and inadequate policy settings” said NZ Kindergartens chief executive Clare Wells.

Rāmere 5 o Whiringa ā nuku

Construction training linked to govt contracts plan welcomed

The construction industry’s training body says linking training to the chances of winning lucrative government building contracts will help boost the numbers in the workforce.

Teachers on rejected pay offer: ‘It’s difficult to focus on my teaching’

Teachers told RNZ News there was no single improvement that would make them accept the Education Ministry offers they have rejected.

NZEI says it’s ‘playing the long game’ in fight over claim

The national secretary of an education union has concluded its annual conference in Rotorua with a call to arms.

Opinion

 

Creative and intelligent: Dyslexia shouldn’t be ignored

Kiwi kids are currently being let down and not having their educational needs met. Dyslexia is an enigmatic paradox that continues to confuse politicians, educators and civil servants alike.

Halls of residence can be unsafe environments for vulnerable students

Halls of residence can be a positive rite of passage for many students, but they are not therapeutic environments, write Annette Beautrais and Gerard Hoffman.