Ministry of Education staff including psychologists, speech language therapists and occupational therapists have voted to strike on Tuesday, the NZEI union said.
The Industry Training Federation said only 4 percent of young people went from school to trade training, and it hoped to raise that figure with a new “Got a Trade? Got it made” campaign launched today.
NZGovt: “The Bill gives the teaching profession the right to directly elect seven of their own to their professional and regulatory body.
NZGovt: The Annual Maximum Fee Movement (AMFM) for tertiary education organisations in 2019 has been set to 2%, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.
Has the balance of power between teacher and student shifted too far in favour of the latter?
How do you reinforce their respect for teachers who want more pay and have refused to work that day to show how angry they are? Children understand that is what a child would do but not adults in their experience.
Now the strike is over, the question teachers will have to ask is whether or not it’s had the impact they’d hoped for.
New Zealand is in the bottom 13 when comparing teachers paid at the top of the scale, according to OECD figures from 2015.
Waikato NZEI teacher representative Michelle Ryan will be involved in pay negotiations in Wellington next week and couldn’t rule out further strike action.
There’s a strong case for giving digital technology a greater share of the curriculum.
More than 280,000 New Zealand students were regularly absent from school last year. This year, just one parent has been prosecuted for it.
It’s business as usual again today for schools across the country – kids back into uniforms this morning and back into classrooms.
But how long before the next strike?
When each programme was advertised we would get calls complaining “Why are ‘you people’ advertising a course for Māori women only? That’s discriminatory. Why isn’t it open for all women to come along?”
These calls were usually handled by Dame June. “Oh please,” she would say. “Since when have they been interested in empowering Māori women? They’re not. They’re just upset the course is specifically targeting Māori women, catering to their needs.”
Setting out on my te reo Māori pathway, I naively imagined a positive response to a series of articles on learning a new language. I expected a few ‘why bother?’s, but hoped for mostly messages of support and encouragement. But my second column established the opposite. It was live for less than 12 hours before Stuff disabled comments.
The head of primary school teacher union NZEI TE Riu Roa says today’s strike action across the country is a symptom of underfunding in the sector.
Teachers will jam New Zealand’s city centres at lunchtime today to stake their claims for better pay and conditions to overcome the worst teacher shortage in recent memory.
At least 28,000 teachers and principals are going on strike on Wednesday, forcing the closure of most of the country’s primary and intermediate schools.
29,000 primary teachers and principals around the country are set to strike today to send a message to the Government that the current offer from the Ministry of Education will not fix the teaching crisis.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake in the claims by the primary teachers’ union, the NZ Educational Institute, which is going on strike for only the fourth time in 135 years.
Ministry of Education: The Ministry of Education has signed a Terms of Settlement with NZEI Te Riu Roa to address a pay equity claim for 329 staff providing support to young children with additional learning needs.
National: The Minister has taken a hands-off approach regarding tomorrow’s strikes. Despite having more than one month’s notice it is clear that neither the Ministry nor the Minister have got the full picture, on the eve of the strike, of exactly how many of the 1945 primary schools will be open or closed, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says.
ACT New Zealand: “The Government could provide a decent pay rise for striking teachers by cutting the fat from our education bureaucracy”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
Primary teachers and principals plan to walk off the job on Wednesday for the first time since 1994 – but why? The people who teach this country’s primary school-aged children are unhappy about working conditions and have told the Government it is time for something to change. But it’s not just about the pay. It’s also about the students.
Recent stories from the parents of Māori tamariki and others who want to continue learning Māori as a medium of instruction, have provided insights into the growing but un-met demand for te reo from Māori, Pākehā, and Tauiwi (non-Māori).
What is behind the schism in our education system? The Coalition of Principals’ response to the Government’s NCEA Review has brought to the surface the long-simmering conflict between two opposing camps. It’s one presented in the media as ‘traditional education’ versus ‘progressive education’. That’s not the case.
If there is one thing that principals know, and parents know, and students, and researchers and even Treasury knows – the most important thing a school can do to ensure this student success is to have the best teachers.
Instead of consigning young Kiwis to the scrapheap, the Government wants them mentored rather than munted.
Post Primary Teachers’ Association president Jack Boyle said the secondary school sector had suffered from a decade of underfunding.
August 15 could be the unofficial ‘bring your kid to work day’ when teachers go on strike next Wednesday.
The education sector is claiming a victory after the Government relaxed its plans to tighten work visa access for international students in New Zealand.
Students at Tasman International Academies were told their results would not be released as the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) had concerns about its assessment practices.
White men make up the largest demographic of domestic adult learners. White males are by far the largest contingent of domestic students in adult and community education.
NZGovt: Changes to post-study work rights will help ensure international students coming to New Zealand gain in-demand skills for our economic growth, incentivise study in the regions and help reduce the risk of student exploitation, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said.
NZGovt: A micro-credentials system to be rolled out from the end of August 2018 will give both employers and people who want to keep learning more opportunities to access new skills quickly, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins says teachers are seeking “unreasonable total costs” in collective contract negotiations.
The Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) is not ruling out joining the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) in taking strike action.
Early childhood teachers and teaching support staff in Marlborough have called for an end to a six year pay freeze.
ORS funding allows the ministry to provide specialists, additional teachers, aides and support items to students, to help their needs. About 1 per cent of students receive ORS funding.
NZEI: Learning Support specialists employed directly by the Ministry of Education have begun a secret online vote over whether to strike for a day on Tuesday 21 August.
On Newshub Nation: Simon Shepherd interviews Education Minister Chris Hipkins.
Teachers have greeted families at the school gates of primary schools across Marlborough to garner support ahead of their first strike in 24 years.
The government’s move to close down private charter schools will force Māori youth back into a state system that has “already failed them”, says high-profile Māori leader Lance O’Sullivan.
The number of students learning English as a second language at University has declined by 2000 students over the years, but it’s on the rise again.
NZGovt: Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta is calling for New Zealanders’ views on the Maihi Karauna – the Crown’s draft Māori language strategy.
NZEI: A new advertising campaign that highlights the mounting staffing crisis in schools.
Little children, babies even, are farmed out to for-profit childcare centres, sometimes for 10 hours a day, because their parents have to go back to work, to become productive economic units. Is this process “good enough”? I don’t think so.
I knew Unitech was in trouble and needed cash, but Chris Hipkins, our esteemed Education Minister, tells us at the weekend that polytechs are in trouble. They’re reviewing the sector and by the end of that review the number of techs in business will be cut.