Education Minister Chris Hipkins says there is still no agreement on how to change the senior school exam system and it will not change before 2020 “at the earliest”. He told a “co-design lab” in Wellington that New Zealanders clearly didn’t all agree yet on how to change the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).
Some teachers are upset that the Ministry of Education won‘t pay for their professional registration to be renewed while there are industrial negotiations underway and no settlement.
The Government is almost doubling a tax on international student fees for private tertiary providers, but has signalled that the tax could be tied to the quality of education in future.
Dr Lucy Hone is on a mission get resilience training into New Zealand schools* – and she’s starting with Christchurch. The New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience director has led five wellbeing hui with staff from all 33 Greater Christchurch high schools this year.
The government is cracking down on religious education classes with new guidelines for schools, but the secular group which pushed for change still isn’t happy. The Secular Education Network has been lobbying for more than a decade for the classes to be banned, and its supporters have swamped the Ministry of Education with complaints.
Teaching and Learning Research Initiative: The Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) supports partnerships between researchers and educators by funding projects expected to improve outcomes for learners.
This year’s funding of over $1.4 million has been allocated to six projects, one in the early childhood education sector and five in the school sector.
Ministry of Education: “NZEI members have voted to reject the Ministry’s revised offer to settle primary principals’ and teachers’ collective agreements. We now invite NZEI to return to the bargaining table to discuss options for settling the collective to meet their member’s priorities within the $698 million package.”
NZGovt: New rates for the levy paid by international education providers balance their interests with the need to both promote the sector and address failures when they occur, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has said. The Export Education Levy (EEL) is collected from providers to fund a broad range of activities including marketing and promotion. It also funds reimbursements for international students caught out by Private Training Establishment (PTE) programme and provider closures.