NZCER mentioned in Parliament’s Question Time
The Hon Chris Hipkins mentions NZCER in response to a question by the Hon Nikki Kaye.
The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI), which represents about 27,000 primary school staff, said members voted “overwhelmingly in favour” of a half-day work stoppage in August, and are now discussing whether to extend the strike to a full day.
The Secondary Principals Association wants the government to close schools for a day so teachers can make submissions on the review of the NCEA qualification.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins has issued an open invitation to Auckland principals to meet with him later this month as a further 23 secondary principals joined the 37 from Auckland who took out a full page advertisement criticising the review of NCEA.
Sir Toby Curtis and Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi yesterday lodged a Treaty of Waitangi claim alleging that the Crown’s actions in closing Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua will have a disproportionately detrimental effect on Māori.
There is widespread consultation going on about the future of Tomorrow’s Schools (among so many other things!). Implemented on 1 October 1988, the model was founded on the neo-liberal concepts of choice, competition and (at various points) a weakening of the relationship between the state and schooling.
The focus appears to be largely the same on both sides of a potential standoff between Education Minister Chris Hipkins and some senior educators, but something will have to give.
Ministry of Education: “We are disappointed NZEI members have rejected our offers.
Principals NCEA Coalition: Coalition formed last week to challenge Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ flawed NCEA review process is growing fast – another 16 secondary schools have joined over the past 24 hours – and the movement has gone nationwide.