Rāhina 26 o Whiringa ā rangi Monday 26 November

Secondary teachers reject second Government pay offer, vote to strike in 2019

The Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) announced on Friday evening that most of its 17,000 members voted against the Ministry of Education’s offer of a 9 per cent pay rise over three years.

Education Ministry slammed for ‘corrupt’ video on teachers’ pay dispute

video released on the ministry’s Facebook page on Thursday says a teacher called “Jessie”, who is on the top of the current pay scale, will get an $11,101 pay rise from $71,891 to $82,992 by November 2020 under the ministry’s latest pay offer.

Schools split on government taking back responsibility for $30bn in school property

For nearly 30 years since the Lange Government’s Tomorrow’s Schools reforms, school boards made up mainly of parents have run New Zealand’s 2100 state schools – but now the new Labour-led Government is looking at seizing back more control of schools.

Burgled professor case: PM called on to defend academic freedom

The prime minister has come under renewed pressure over the burgled professor case, with a coalition of academics and civil society figures calling for government action to safeguard academic freedoms and the safety of Anne-Marie Brady.

Zoning out: The boys who cut through school zone inequality

The title references the InZone programme he founded in 2011, in which he established a kainga (hostel) inside the Auckland Grammar School zone for Māori and Pasifika secondary students who wanted to attend the college but lived out of zone.

The boys would not only have access to the educational opportunities and support offered at Auckland Grammar but also its influential alumni network.

Dream catchers: How the mentored kids have fared

Individual and corporate sponsors pay $1000 a year to support a Dreamer. Gilmour says he gets “pushback” sometimes when he promotes the trust at fundraising events. “Some of them say not everyone needs to go to university; we still need people to dig ditches. Yeah, but why should brown kids be the only ditch diggers? Why can’t they go to university?”

Opinion

 

‘I shut my door and burst into tears’: Principal of one of NZ’s most challenging schools

At 9am on my first day as principal of a small primary school, I shut my office door and burst into tears. After just 30 minutes on the job, I’d been sworn at by a child, abused by a parent, and a teacher had threatened to walk out. It only got worse. I had kids breaking windows. There were four or five fist fights a day. The police were on call.

Media releases

 

Ministry of Education Statement on PPTA announcement

Ministry of Education: “We are surprised the PPTA is already threatening strike action next year as they still have four days of agreed bargaining on behalf of their members ahead of them before the end of the year, and the Ministry is ready to schedule more,” says Ministry Deputy Secretary Ellen MacGregor-Reid.

Copyright issues to be addressed

NZGpvt: Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Hon Kris Faafoi today released an issues paper marking the first stage of public consultation on changes to the Copyright Act 1994, saying all Kiwis should consider taking part.

 

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