As high school students move into the final week of study before NCEA exams kick off, discussion regarding the effectiveness of the assessment system – due to be reviewed in the New Year – continues. Teuila Fuatai reports.
“Education Minister Chris Hipkins is already in over his head,” says ACT Leader David Seymour after the Minister sort-of cancelled four Partnership Schools who have been contracted to open in 14 months’ time.
Only 8% of primary and intermediate principals found their school operational funding sufficient in 2016, and just under half reduced their spending. Principals’ views of the insufficiency of resources were unrelated to school decile.
Many teachers are getting useful blocks of time for professional learning within schools and are getting practical help for teaching priority learners. Teachers also want more time to focus on doing their work well.
Principals of primary and intermediate schools want to spend less time on administration and paperwork, and 75% of them want to spend more time on educational leadership, up from 59% in 2013.
New national educational surveys confirm NZEI Te Riu Roa’s claims that teachers and principals are being denied the time to teach and lead, and that children’s education is suffering as a result.
In three studies just released by the NZ Council of Educational Research [i], 75 percent of principals said that they wanted to spend more time on educational leadership, and 92 percent said their school lacked the funding they needed to function properly.
National Standards are going, league tables for primary schools will be a thing of the past and charter schools will come under much more scrutiny.
Labour is leaving students and the tertiary education sector in turmoil because of its inability to outline the true impacts of its “free” tertiary education policy, Tertiary Education Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.